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Event Pick: Baltimore’s Legends & Legacies Jubilee Celebrates Frederick Douglass

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Frederick Douglass never knew his exact birthday, but he later chose February 14 because his mother used to call him her “Little Valentine.” This year marks the abolitionist and Maryland native’s 200th birthday, and thanks to the efforts of more then two dozen local groups, interactive exhibits on the city’s African-American heritage from some of the its best museums will be on display at the park that bears Douglass’ name. Mayor Catherine Pugh will provide remarks, and the fun afternoon also includes educational storytelling by Growing Griots, a performance of by Angelo and Marie’s Fantastic Bubble Show, a singing contest judged by “The Voice” finalist Davon Fleming and free tastings from Popsations Gourmet Popcorn, Connie’s Chicken and Waffles and Terra Cafe.

Noon-4 p.m., Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park, 1417 Thames St., (410) 685-0295, baltimore.org, free.

Hopkins Students, Professor Map Frederick Douglass’ Early Life in Baltimore, Eastern Shore

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Image via Lawrence Jackson/”Mapping Frederick Dougless.” Courtesy of JHU.

Using collected memorabilia, newspapers, census data and some 21st-century mapping software, a Hopkins English and history professor and his small team of grad students have traced the first 20 years of Frederick Douglass’ life in Maryland.

Visit Baltimore to Host Celebration of City’s Rich Black History

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Walking around some of Baltimore’s historic neighborhoods, it’s easy to spot statues, plaques, murals and other memorabilia paying homage to the city’s most important black historic figures. To encapsulate some of their greatness, the city’s tourism office will hold a free, family-friendly celebration of black history in Baltimore next weekend.

House Built By Frederick Douglass For Sale in Fells Point for Cheap

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Frederick Douglass grew up on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and spent ages 8 to 15 in Baltimore, working for a ship carpenter. It was also where the famous abolitionist and son of a slave woman learned to read, and first became exposed to abolitionist ideas.  “Going to live at Baltimore laid the foundation, and opened the gateway, to all my subsequent prosperity,” he said later. Douglass returned to Baltimore some 60 years later to build rental properties for the city’s African American population in Fells Point–and one of those houses could be yours.

Frederick Douglass Moves Into Maryland Governor’s Mansion

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Photo via Twitter/ ‏@APBrianWitte
Photo via Twitter/ ‏@APBrianWitte

Yesterday night, a new resident moved into the Maryland Governor’s Mansion. Frederick Douglass, the 19th century abolitionist, writer, and statesman,  is the first African-American to reside in the mansion, at least in official painting form. And it’s about time.

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