In commemoration of Frederick Douglass' 200th birthday, Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed 2018 as the 'Year of Frederick Douglass'.
Governor Hogan presented the proclamation on Tuesday at the Maryland State House in Annapolis. At the event Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, relatives of Frederick Douglass, and organizations that will be honoring Douglass throughout the year joined Hogan.
“Frederick Douglass’ contributions to society transcend race, nationality, or religion, and his fight for human rights and equality still resonates to this day,” said Governor Hogan. “I want to encourage all Marylanders to attend the events and programs that are planned in honor of the official Year of Frederick Douglass in Maryland.”
Hogan also announced the new 'Following in His Footsteps - Maryland's Frederick Douglass Driving Tour', which was developed by the Maryland Office of Tourism Development. The tour is a 131-mile journey that showcases areas of Maryland that were formative and impactful on the life of Frederick Douglass.
“Frederick Douglass’ journey is a significant part of Maryland’s history,” said Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford. “Despite his harsh experiences as a slave in his youth, Frederick Douglass worked relentlessly to gain freedom and justice for others through abolition. His acts of determination and courage have inspired our state and changed our nation.”
Douglass was born in Talbot County, Maryland and his birthday, February 14, is often celebrated across the country.