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New exhibit at Frederick Douglass Park

Posted at 6:33 PM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 18:33:37-04

The peaceful sounds of song and nature engulf this small but significant area on the Eastern Shore. People gathered in the Frederick Douglass Park on the Tuckahoe, located near Douglass’s birthplace.

They added a new feature to this 107-acre Open Space park on the Eastern Shore just off of Rt. 404 near the Tuckahoe State Park. Three story boards describing one of the most influential historic figures in American History, Eastern Shore native Frederick Douglass.

Douglass and Harriet Tubman were born four years apart on the shore.

Douglass helped Tubman throughout her life and he once wrote to her describing the difference between his public accolades he receives to her unsung accomplishments saying,” “God bless you,” has been your only reward. The midnight sky and the silent stars have been the witnesses of your devotion to freedom and of your heroism.”

Dale Green is a professor at Morgan State University.

"Douglass went into Baltimore, back to the same place where he escaped from and he was the first African American to develop rental housing in that city, a place that still exist today. He also developed the first black resort beach, Highland Beach in Anne Arundel County," said Green.

This park originated two years ago for Frederick Douglass’s 200 birthday. Lt. Governor Rutherford says this is a great teaching moment for all Marylanders.