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Walking Tour: Lost History of Frederick Douglass in Hagerstown

Ongoing Opportunities

  • September 7 at 8:45 and 10:15 AM

In 1879 United States Marshal Frederick Douglass traveled the rails to “Hub City," delivering an address at the Washington County Courthouse to benefit the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Future United States Representative and United States Senator, Hagerstonian Louis E. McComas introduced Douglass, who was greeted and escorted through town by the famous Moxley Band.

Learn more about the Hagerstown and Washington County connections to Frederick Douglass from "fugitive blacksmith" Rev. James Pennington to radical abolitionist John Brown to legislator John Francis Wheaton.

Tour will include past and present sites from the Washington House to the Washington County Courthouse to Historic Jonathan Street and conclude at Ebenezer AME Church.

Meet oustide of the Jerry's Subs & Pizza in downtown Hagerstown at the corner of Washington and Potomac Streets. Available street parking. Total walking distance is one mile. Family and dog friendly. Reserve a ticket with an optional donation from $0-$10.

Tour will be led by historian and author John Muller, author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia and Mark Twain in Washington, D.C.: The Adventures of a Capital Correspondent.

Muller has presented widely throughout the DC-Baltimore metropolitan area at venues including the Library of Congress, Newseum, Politics and Prose, American Library in Paris and local universities. He is currently working on a book about the lost history of Frederick Douglass on Maryland's Eastern Shore. He has presented “The Lost History of Frederick Douglass in Western Maryland” at various venues such as the Washington County Central Library in Hagerstown, Ebenezer AME Church (Hagerstown) and Frostburg State University as well as presenting the “Lost History: Frederick (Bailey) Douglass in Baltimore” at the Enoch Pratt Central Library in Baltimore City. Muller has been featured on C-SPAN’s BookTV and C-SPAN’s American History TV, as well as in the pages of the Star Democrat and the airwaves of WDVM, NBC4 (Washington, D.C.), WPFW, WAMU, WYPR and Delmarva Pubic Radio.