The Talbot County of Frederick Douglass

Information, insights, resources, from the place Frederick Douglass spent eleven of the first twenty years of his life

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For more than a century and a half, Frederick Douglass has attracted attention from scholars, biographers, feature writers, and others focused on his years in Talbot County. His Talbot experience is a key element of the narrative he used so effectively to advocate for emancipation, civil rights, and social justice. This project, Bear Me Into Freedom, was developed and is supported by residents of Talbot County to add a Talbot perspective to this important discussion.

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Tours

There are several walking and driving tours in Talbot County that bring us close to the places that gave rise to Frederick Douglass’s powerful advocacy.

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Monuments & Markers

There are noteworthy monuments, works of art, and other tributes to Frederick Douglass and members of his family in Talbot County.

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Frederick Douglass Library

A collection of Frederick Douglass autobiographies and biographies included annotated editions, histories of the Chesapeake Bay region leading up to and during the time Douglass lived and visited here, articles in academic journals, PhD theses, and other scholarship illuminating the importance of the Eastern Shore in the development of Douglass’s life work.

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Frederick Douglass
1845

My Bondage and My Freedom

Frederick Douglass
1855

Life and Times of Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass
1881

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