The Frederick Douglass Honor Society In Partnership with The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Presents
The Frederick Douglass Day Celebration
“Learning from the past, educating for the future.” May 5, 2012 Navy Point St. Michaels, Maryland
Exhibits & Activities Not to be Missed! • The Genealogy Workshop – “How Do I Begin?” with Noreen Goodson 10:30 am - 12:30 pm in the Van Lennep Auditorium (Steamboat Building) • The Mitchell House Home of Frederick Douglass’ sister Eliza Mitchell • The Heirloom Garden at the Mitchell House • Boat Caulking Demonstrations – Ed Taylor, Don MacLeod Boat Yard Skills Demo • Essay Contest Winners Read Their Essays 1:00 pm in the Tolchester Beach Bandstand • Black Waterman’s Exhibit in the Oystering Building • Black Military History Institute of America, Inc. In the Bay History Building • Floatable Boat Building (Create a children’s treasure to take home) • Face Painting – Oystering Building • Boat Ride on Mister Jim (Free – 12 noon, 12:30, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30) • Build a Boat – Bay History Building, $3 • Michael Twitty – African American Foodways Historian Cooking Demonstrations, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm – Mitchell House • Watermen Demonstrations with Turk Cannon – Waterman’s Wharf • North Star – Create your own version of Frederick Douglass’ famous newspaper, the North Star. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in the Small Boat Shed • Photo Booth – Dress in historical attire for your photo 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in the Small Boat Shed • Mama Girl – Papier Mâché Folk Artist • Food Court – Navy Point • Frederick Douglass Coloring Books – Free, located at Children’s activities • Fishing Buddies • Creations by Virgie – African Creations • Odette Wright – Pinecone Baskets James and Lewis Wells, two brothers from St. Michaels, fought and died in the Civil War. They were buried in unmarked graves in Petersburg, Virginia. Today, there will be a short parade and ceremony honoring the Wells Brothers at the small cemetery where their mother and other family members are buried. Please join us at 4:00 pm, in the CBMM parking lot along with Civil War re-enactors and Buffalo Soldiers in a procession from the Museum to Dodson Street and the cemetery.
“The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful and virtuous.”
May 5, 2012 Welcome to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and the second Frederick Douglass Day at CBMM. Our entire Museum community is honored to be a partner with the Frederick Douglass Honor Society to celebrate the life of this great American and Talbot County native. Besides enjoying an educational and festive day in St. Michaels, you will be contributing to an important and long-overdue cause. Proceeds from this event will support the Frederick Douglass Scholarship Endowment Fund and CBMM’s youth education programs. We congratulate and thank the event Co-Chairs Harriette Lowery and Karen Shook, their committee, and all their hard-working volunteers, for their vision and energy to make this a reality. Over the past half-century the Museum has grown to become the most prominent institution inspiring an understanding and appreciation of the rich maritime heritage of the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal reaches, together with the cultures, traditions, artifacts and connections between this special place and its people. Be sure to visit our ten exhibit buildings along Navy Point and Fogg’s Cove while you are on our 18-acre waterfront campus along the Town harbor. Whether climbing to the top of our 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, strolling along our docks to view our fleet of historic Bay boats, or visiting our many indoor exhibits, there is something here for everyone to enjoy. We also invite you to extend your Chesapeake experience by becoming a member of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. You will lend welcome support to this “jewel of the Chesapeake” while enjoying special member benefits, a full calendar of events, concerts, cruises, lectures, classes and more. We’re sure some of your fondest Chesapeake memories will be made here, and we hope you will return again, and again. Thank you for coming. Enjoy your visit. Sincerely,
Langley R. Shook President
CG Appleby Chairman of the Board of Governors
The Frederick Douglass Honor Society (FDHS) is happy to again partner with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) to host our 2nd Frederick Douglass Day at the Museum. This event is a great opportunity to bring awareness to our goal of establishing an endowed scholarship fund in the name of Talbot County’s native son, Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass Day will also showcase the Museum’s wonderful exhibits of maritime life on the Chesapeake Bay. These include exhibits, like the “Mitchell House,” African-American life on the land and the waterways of the Shore. There is something of interest for everyone.
Our Mission Statement: “The Frederick Douglass Honor Society is dedicated to developing programs that continue the Douglass legacy of human rights, education, personal growth and involvement of citizens.” This event will help to highlight the accomplishments of Frederick Douglass and provide education about the period of history that he lived in and what he had to say about the issues that faced the American people. The FDHS will continue to explore ways to become involved in schools, libraries and community activities that focus on the objectives stated in our mission statement. The FDHS and the CBMM are excited to share our passion for celebrating the legacy of Frederick Douglass with members of our community at this event. You have encouraged and inspired us to move forward so we’ve created a scholarship fund that will support high school students wanting to further their education at a 2 or 4 year college and your donations will help make that happen. We thank you, as always, for your donations and your continued support of our efforts. Eric M. Lowery, President
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
Schedule 10:00 am – 11:00 am 10:30 am – 12:30 pm 11:00 am – 11:45 am 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Instrumental Welcoming Music The Genealogy Workshop – “How Do I Begin?” with Noreen Goodson Van Lennep Auditorium (Steamboat Building) New St. John’s U.M. Men’s Choir, Wittman (Bandstand) Union Baptist Mass Choir, Easton, MD (Bandstand) Douglass Essay Contest Winners Presentation (Bandstand) Asbury United Methodist Church Celebration Choir, Easton (Bandstand) Blues deVille (Bandstand)
Master of Ceremonies – Richard Potter The Bandstand is on the Main Campus (Navy Point/Lighthouse) The Mitchell House and Van Lennep Auditorium are at Fogg’s Cove
Feature Film Attractions “Frederick Douglass, An American Life” “Black Captains of the Chesapeake” DVD Lesson & Quiz: “Master of My World: From Africa to Emancipation” Showing from 1:30 pm until 4:00 pm in the Van Lennep Auditorium (Steamboat Building)
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Frederick Douglass Day Attractions Exhibitors
Activities Food & Drink Museum Buildings
Genealogy Face Painting
Black Watermen’s Exhibit
Mama Girl Creations by Virgie
Michael Twitty Mitchell House Heirloom Gardens
May 5, 2012 Navy Point, St. Michaels, Maryland At Play on the Bay
CBMM Buffalo Soldiers
Chesapeake College Soujourner-Douglass College St. Michaels Museum Darnell’s
North Star Photo Booth
Union United Methodist Church Food Court
Historical Society of Talbot County Scottish Highland Creamery
Family & Friends of Asbury & Green Chappel AKA Sorority Sigma Fraternity
Registration & Information
Mister Jim Boat Rides
Asbury UM Church
Reginald L. Lewis Museum
Frederick Douglass Honor Society Build a Boat
Black Military Institute
Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass was born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey in Talbot County, Maryland in 1818. His mother was a slave named Harriet Bailey, who brought him into the world in the cabin of her mother, Betsey Bailey, also a slave but whose husband was free. The cabin was next to a small ravine on the Tuckahoe Creek near what is now called the village of Cordova. It was on the property called Holme Hill Farm owned by their owner, Aaron Anthony. Frederick’s mother soon returned to the farm where she worked, and he only saw her a few times thereafter; she died when he was eight. Frederick lived with his grandmother until he was six, and then was moved to the much larger Wye House plantation where his owner, Aaron Anthony, was employed as an overseer. Anthony died within two years, and Frederick came into the possession of Thomas Auld, Anthony’s son-in-law. He was sent by Auld’s wife to her sister-in-law Sophia Auld in Baltimore. He was recognized as a gifted young boy, and Sophia began to teach him the alphabet, and to read, although doing so was illegal. Her husband Hugh Auld discovered his wife’s actions and insisted that she stop. He warned that if a slave were to read, he would learn enough to want to be free. Frederick overheard, and later described the statement as a “decidedly antislavery lecture,” one that made him resolve to continue to learn to read, and to become free. Frederick did continue learning – from white children in the neighborhood – and began reading everything he was able to see or to get into his possession. The Columbian Orator, a lesson book designed for classical education and public speaking, taught him the derivation of much of western philosophical thought, from Greek and Latin literature, and taught him as well a great deal about freedom and human rights. It also taught him the principles of classical writing which he applied throughout his life in preparing the speeches for which he became world famous. By then Frederick was owned by Colonel Lloyd, owner of the Wye House plantation, and was hired away by farmer William Freeland. He began to conduct a weekly Sunday school, teaching other slaves to read the New Testament, until after about six months a mob of slave owners stormed in to break up the meeting. Frederick began to form in his mind his life’s mission. Frederick had tried to escape several times – from William Freeland, and later from Edward Covey – and he was severely punished. After one attempt he had been sent to jail in Easton. Later, in 1838, he managed his successful escape with a great deal of help from friends. He borrowed a sailor’s uniform, and obtained papers that identified him as a seaman. He boarded a train in Baltimore and traveled to Havre de Grace, crossed the Susquehanna River by ferry, and then continued by train to Wilmington, Delaware, from there to Philadelphia by steamboat, and from there to New York City, again by train. Of New York he later wrote, “A new world had opened upon me … It was a time of joyous excitement which words can but tamely describe …” As a free man, Frederick Douglass became a newspaper editor, a great orator, an abolitionist, he served as minister-resident and consul-general to the Republic of Haiti, as well as chargé d’affaires to the Dominican Republic, he was appointed U.S. Marshal of the District of Columbia and later Recorder of Deeds for D.C. Frederick Douglass died February 20, 1895.
“I could, as a free man, look across the bay toward the Eastern Shore where I was born a slave.”
Food Vendors & Menu Lighthouse/Navy Point Milestone Caterers Darnell’s Grill & Catering Soda, Water Soda, Water Crab Cakes Pit Beef Crab Soup French Fries Union United Methodist Church, St. Michaels Scottish Highland Creamery Soda, Water Assorted Flavors of Homemade BBQ Chicken Ice Cream
Non-Profit Exhibitors Asbury United Methodist Church (Easton) Black Military History Institute of America, Inc. Buffalo Soldiers Cavalry Scouts Buffalo Soldiers – Delaware Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Chesapeake College Family & Friends of Asbury and Green Chappel, Inc. Frederick Douglass Honor Society Historical Society of Talbot County Kappa Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Reginald L. Lewis Museum Omicron Xi Sigma Chapter of The Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. St. Michaels Museum Sojourner-Douglass College Talbot County Branch NAACP
“Once you learn to read, you will forever be free.”
Thank You to Our Donors On behalf of the Frederick Douglass Honor Society & the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum we would like to thank the following individuals, businesses, and organizations for their very generous donations to the Frederick Douglass Day Celebration. We invite you to frequent these businesses and support these organizations in honor of their loyal support of the ideals and values of Frederick Douglass and to fund an endowed scholarship in his name.
Contributors to Frederick Douglass Day Celebration Abolitionists Alpha Kappa Alpha, Kappa Theta Omega Chapter Eric Applegarth Clairdean E. & Walter W. Black, Jr. Chip & Donna Britt Richard Calkins Lynn S. Freeburger Ida & Jim Heelan Hills Drug Store, Inc.
Historical Society of Talbot County Jane & Frank Hopkinson Nancy S. Hunter Fred & Lesley Israel The Jurrius Family Harriette & Eric Lowery Thomas C. McCall & Samantha Moore McCall Catherine Poe
Richard M. Potter, Jr. Paul & Mary Ann Ray Royce L. Sampson Carlton E. Spitzer Anne Stalfort Walmart, Inc. Carolyn H. Williams Catherine K. Wilson Richard Wilson Dr. Willie G. Woods Michelle Zacks
Editors Dirck & Christy Bartlett Delores Bowens Liz & Howard Freedlander Dagmar D.P. Gipe Alan & Penny Griffith
Chris Havener The Henker Group Thomas & Cathy Hill Rob & Ceci Nobel Kay & Bob Perkins
Bob & Blair Potter Alice R. Ryan Hank & Linda Spire Allie Tyler & Cleo Braver William & Gail Wells
Recruiters Maxine & Bill Millar
Ambassadors Karen & Langley Shook
The Tilghman Family
“I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.”
A Very Special Thank You Our Planning Committee Harriette Lowery & Karen Shook, Co-Chairs Marie Thomas, Media/Marketing Megan Cook, Volunteer Chair Ida Heelan, Food Vendor Chair Eric Lowery & Richard Potter, Education Co-Chairs Harriette Lowery, Exhibitor Chair Karen Shook & Harriette Lowery, Solicitation Co-Chairs Richard Potter, Entertainment Chair Brenda Wooden, Finance Michelle Zacks & Clairdean Black, Outreach Co-Chairs Childlene Brooks, Member Doreen Getsinger, Member Dr. Willie Woods, Member Peter Lesher, Member & CBMM Staff Support Katie Livie, Member & CBMM Staff Support Tracey Munson, Member & CBMM Staff Support Melissa Spielman, Member & CBMM Staff Support Talbot Senior Center at Brookletts Place THANK YOU to all of the wonderful and hardworking volunteers who made this Frederick Douglass Day a huge success! Congratulations and Best Wishes to The Frederick Douglass Honor Society as you continue your mission. Best Wishes on your second Frederick Douglass Day.
The Officers and Members of the Talbot County Branch NAACP Otis Sampson, President Walter Chase, 1st Vice President James K. Camper, 2nd Vice President
Dorothy V. Palmer, Secretary Doreen Getsinger, Assisting Secretary Gladys H. Giddens, Treasurer
“One and God make a majority.”
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Calendar Maritime Model Expo, Saturday, May 19 & Sunday, May 20, 2012 Sat., 10 am - 4 pm & Sun., 10 am - 3 pm. Free for members or with Museum admission. Elf Classic 2012, Saturday, May 19, 2012, 10 am - 4 pm. Free for members or with Museum admission. In Concert: 229th Maryland Army National Guard Band, Tuesday, June 12, 7 pm. Free – please RSVP by June 11 to Debbie Collison or call 410-745-4991. Antique and Classic Boat Festival, Friday, June 15, Saturday, June 16 & Sunday, June 17, Fri. 11 am 5 pm; Sat., 10 am - 5 pm; Sun., 10 am - 2 pm. Free for members or with Museum admission. Big Band Night/Fireworks, Saturday, June 30, 2012, Tolchester Beach Bandstand, 7 - 10 pm. $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Chesapeake Folk Festival, Saturday, July 28, 2012, 10 am - 5 pm. Free for members or $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $6 for children between the ages of six and 17, children five years & under free. CBMM/Sultana Paddling Programs, Thursday, July 12 and Thursday, August 9, 9:30 am - 12 noon. $35 per person. John Mock Concert, Wednesday, August 8. $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Watermen’s Appreciation Day & Crab Feast, Sunday, August 12, 2012, 10 am - 5 pm. General admission $25 adult/$16 child (aged 6-17). $15 adult/$6 child for CBMM members, and $15 for licensed Watermen – includes crab feast, hot dogs, hamburgers, soda/water. Kids under six free.
Frederick Douglass Honor Society – Upcoming Events Juneteenth Celebrations An important African American holiday that marks the abolition of slavery. June 16, 2012 from 11 am - 4:30 pm - Partnership with the Academy Art Museum A special screening of “Double Victory,” a new documentary about the historic role of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II produced by George Lucas. A panel discussion will follow, featuring original Tuskegee Airmen and moderated by Vic Carter, WJZ’s Eyewitness News Co-Anchor. Performances by the Sankofa Dance Theatre from Baltimore, singing by the Sombarkin’ trio and local church choirs, reading of the Emancipation Proclamation by school children and art projects for families. An exhibition of the work of Tom Miller, a nationally-acclaimed African American artist from Baltimore known for joyous and whimsical paintings, prints, and furniture. June 17, 2012 - Partnership with the Talbot Association of Clergy and Laity An Interfaith service that will honor the Emancipation, celebrate Frederick Douglass’ legacy and related it all to the continued healing and reconciliation of our community. We thank God for the experience and the opportunity to see our community grow through this process. We want the community to celebrate that journey, celebrate the one year Anniversary of the Unveiling of the Frederick Douglass Statue and at the end of the day say Amen! Sunday, June 17th from 9 am - 11 am in Moton Park.
September 8, 2012 - Partnership with the Family & Friends of Asbury & Green Chappel, Inc. Present: “Paul Robeson” by Philip Hayes Dean, starring Jason McKinney at Chesapeake College – Todd Performing Arts Center. This is a gala/benefit performance to raise funds to further the efforts of both organizations.
“My hopes were never brighter than now.”