Two hundred years ago, Frederick Douglass was born. He was an iconic figure in American and Baltimore history.
Thursday Mayor Catherine Pugh kicked off Black History Month with a celebration honoring Douglass' birthday.
Douglass was born on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and is known as the most important black American leader of the 19th century.
Thursday’s celebration included presentations by Pugh, City Council President Jack Young, and a performance by the Dunbar High School jazz band.
Students from the Crossroads School selected and shared some of Douglass’ famous quotes.
There was also a cake for the great abolitionist, writer, and public speaker.