Known for its national and local Civil War heritage Frederick City, as a crossroads between Baltimore and Washington City, has a larger and fuller history during Reconstruction with the establishment of an annual Emancipation Day supported by local churches, communities throughout Western Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania and national figures including Marylander Frederick Douglass
An international abolitionist leader and reformer, Douglass made numerous visits to lecture throughout Western Maryland that have been lost to history, not told in the mythologized statewide narrative.
Learn more about the antebellum, Civil War and Reconstruction history of Frederick City culminating in the April 1879 visit and lecture Marshal Douglass delivers at the Old City Hall, today Brewer's Alley, to benefit Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Learn the local history and stories of Rev. Jacob Gruber, John Creswell, Louis McComas, Francis Thomas, Rev. Benjamin Tanner, Rev. Thomas Henry, Rev. Alexander Wayman, John Mercer Langston, Henry Wilson while visiting historic and contemporary sites in Frederick City including the old B&O passenger railroad station, Civil War Medicine Museum and Curious Iguana book store.
Starting Point: Roger B. Taney House
Finish Line: St. John's Cemetery
Street and garage parking available throughout Frederick
Family and dog friendly. Photography and questions welcome!
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, will lead a new walking tour "The Lost History of Frederick (Bailey) Douglass in Baltimore" using newly discovered information found in the Baltimore City Archives, Maryland Historical Society, Enoch Pratt Free Library, and private archives.
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 Delaplaine Art Center in Frederick City, 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 (Hagerstown) NBC4 (Washington), WPFW, WAMU, WYPR and Delmarva Pubic Radio.