to Nov 8

Baltimore Area Events


February – November, 2018

Information courtesy of Lou Fields (Details coming soon)

Feb 8:               MSU Spring Convocation, Luncheon  & Symposium

Feb14:              D 200 Exhibit opens at Baltimore City Hall

Feb 15: FD wax figure unveiled, Great Blacks in Wax Museum

Feb 17: Visit Baltimore, Legends & Jubilee, Douglass Myers Museum

Feb 24:             FD 200 Literary Forum & Book Fair, Douglass Myers Museum

April 19:          Baltimore Civil War Museum

July 26-29:       Bus Trip-Baltimore to Rochester, NY

Sept 1-3:           National FD Freedom Day in Fell's Point

Nov 8:             MSU Fall Convocation, Luncheon & Symposium

For more information, contact Lou Fields, founder of the Frederick Douglass Path to Freedom Walking Tour in Fells Point, loufields@gmail.com and www.facebook.com/FredDouglass200.

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to Mar 18

“The Raid” – a play about John Brown and Frederick Douglass

by Idris Goodwin
Directed by Colin Hovde

Radical Reimagining
Would you die for your beliefs? Is it better to work within the system to change it or take up arms against the system to destroy it? Idris Goodwin’s The Raid is a fabulation of a debate between two American icons: White abolitionist John Brown and Black abolitionist and social reformer Frederick Douglass. On the eve of Brown’s raid on the federal armory in Harpers Ferry, these men argue the merits of violence and pacifism, order and chaos, and possibility of a nation free of the scourge of slavery. The Raid examines the difference between being an ally and an accomplice, the implications of race in social protest, and the limits of radicalism in the age of #Resistance.

Information courtesy of Julie Kutruff, Partnerships Manager, National Capital Parks East

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7:00 PM19:00

The Lincoln- Douglas(s) Debates, National Archives, Washington, DC

National Archives, McGowan Auditorium

Constitution Avenue near 7th Street

Join us for an unusual and lively performance featuring Abraham Lincoln (played by George Buss) and political opponent Stephen A. Douglas (portrayed by Tim Connors) as they look back to their famous debates over slavery and equality in the 1858 U.S. Senate campaign in Illinois. Following the first debate, we will present the “Unknown Lincoln-Douglass,” an “imagining” of a debate between Lincoln (portrayed by George Buss) and Frederick Douglass (portrayed by Phil Darius Wallace). Though they met at the White House several times, Abraham Lincoln and African American leader Frederick Douglass never publicly argued about the crucial issues of slavery, freedom, and racial justice. This is the Lincoln-Douglass debate that never happened—using words from their actual correspondence and commentary, historian Harold Holzer moderates and brings Lincoln and Douglass face-to-face for an unprecedented confrontation.



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7:00 PM19:00

"I am Frederick Douglass" Life and Legacy

I AM Frederick Douglass commemorates the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass by presenting excerpts of the film Enslavement to Emancipation, a panel discussion on the legacy of Frederick Douglass, musical performances by the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) and a Douglass actor portrayal by LeCount Holmes, Jr.

Historic Lincoln Theatre
1215 U Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

This event is presented by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) in collaboration with the Mayor's Office on African Affairs (MOAA), the Mayor's Office on African American Affairs (MOAAA) and the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME).

To request a reasonable accommodation for this event, please contact Kali Wasenko at Kali.Wasenko@dc.gov or (202) 724-1445 at least five (5) days prior to the event.

RSVP here:


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1:00 PM13:00

Frederick Douglass and Howard University, Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site, Washington, DC

Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site, 1538 9th Street NW

Local historian John Muller presents on the role that Frederick Douglass played in the first generation of Howard University’s history. Space limited to first 25 visitors.


Facebook: NPS.CAWO


Contact: Nate Johnson



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12:00 PM12:00

Frederick Douglass Day at the Lewis Museum, Baltimore, MD

200th Anniversary Celebration

Frederick Douglass Day @ the Lewis Museum, Baltimore Maryland

Celebrate the 200th birthday of Maryland abolitionist Frederick Douglass at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum with an array of activities honoring this iconic statesman. John Stauffer, a professor of English and African and African American Studies at Harvard University will present a lecture on Frederick Douglass’ America. Other activities will include readings of Douglass’s speeches by living history re-enactors and a children’s art and story hour with illustrator London Ladd on his recent book, Frederick's Journey: The Life of Frederick Douglass.  


RSVP here to let us know you are coming.

For more information call 443-263-1800


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11:00 AM11:00

Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration, Manassas, VA

Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration

Historic Lucasville School

10516 Godwin Drive


Singing by the Ebenezer Baptist Church Men’s Choir. The EBC Youth Group will lead a Read-Aloud session of part of a speech Douglass gave here in Prince William County in 1894. The Prince William County Historic Preservation Division will give one copy of the Bicentennial Edition of Douglass’s Narrative, published by the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives as part of their One Million Abolitionists Project, to each family with a schoolchild in attendance, while supplies last. Visitors may also enter a drawing to receive tickets to visit the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Contact: Lisa Struckmeyer



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2:30 PM14:30

"'My Voice, My Pen, My Vote:' Frederick Douglass's Legacies in Our Own Time" David W. Blight Public Talk, University of Maryland

The University of Maryland will welcome distinguished professor of American history, David W. Blight, to campus on Monday, February 5, 2018. In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Civil Rights Activist Frederick Douglass, Blight will deliver a public talk entitled, “’My Voice, My Pen, My Vote’: Frederick Douglass’s Legacies in Our Own Time.”

The talk will take place in the Atrium of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required.

This event is part of Douglass 200, a year-long initiative by the University of Maryland, led by Professor of History Ira Berlin, to commemorate the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Douglass.

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to Nov 18

Lapidus Center Inaugural Conference

Open to: Public
Cost: Free
Registration Required Here

The Lapidus Center inaugural conference, “Reckoning With Slavery: New Directions in the History, Memory, Legacy, and Popular Representations of Enslavement” will take place November 16-18 at the Schomburg Center.

The conference will shed new light on the history of slavery, the slave trade, abolition and opposition to slavery, as well as engage with debates over archives, gender and sexuality, identity, and public history. Continuing on the path of the Center’s programs, which cover the vast African Diaspora, scholars will explore these themes in various countries including Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Iran, the Ottoman Empire, Sierra Leone, Turkey, and the United States.

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to Nov 4

Disunion in Civil War America: Parallels for Today?

  • Gilder-Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Abolition & Resistance, Yale University, CT (map)
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Open to: Public, All ages
Cost: Free
Contact: Gilder Lehrman Center, 203.432.9238, gilder.lehrman.center@yale.edu
This event is all day November 3rd and 4th

Today, American political culture is in need of historical grounding. The analysis and anxiety occurring in the wake of the November 2016 U.S. presidential election have prompted a search for historical models and parallels to help understand the contemporary moment of political upheaval, white supremacy, crises over immigrants and refugees, and possible realignments of political parties. For its 19th annual conference in November 2017, the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition will examine the 1840s and 1850s as an earlier example of deep currents of fear and disorder within U.S. political culture and history. The conference will consider contemporary experiences of polarization in the United States, compared with what happened to the American political party system, political culture, realignment, voter turnout and suppression, and coalitions, during the two decades before the Civil War. Panelists will include historians, political scientists, journalists, and legal scholars, as we seek to link past and present in order to address big questions about history for a broad public. This conference is being organized in collaboration with Professor James Oakes of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and Dr. Joe Murphy, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the New-York Historical Society.

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10:00 AM10:00

CHOCOLATE CITY: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation's Capital by Chis Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove

  • National Museum of African American History & Culture (map)
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Open to: Public
Cost: Free
Registration Required Here.

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. and the Smithsonian African American Museum team up to launch Chocolate City, a comprehensive new history of Washington, D.C., that Kirkus Review calls, "Essential American history, deeply researched and written with verve and passion." 

Chocolate City (University of North Carolina Press, 2017) explores the intersection of race, culture, and politics in D.C. Co-author Chris Myers Asch, editor of Washington History, is an instructor at Colby College. His first book, The Senator and the Sharecropper: The Freedom Struggles of James O. Eastland and Fannie Lou Hamer (University of North Carolina Press), was published in 2008. George Derek Musgrove is an associate professor of history at University of Maryland Baltimore County and a member of Washington History's editorial board. Copies of the book are available for sale and signing courtesy of Smithsonian Enterprises.

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5:30 PM17:30

Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Host Committee Meeting

  • African American Civil War Museum (map)
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February 14, 2018 will mark Frederick Douglass's 200th Birthday
Dr. Frank Smith, Founding Executive Director of the African American Civil War Museum and Co-Chair, DC Host Committee AND Chuck Hicks, Chairman of the DC Black History
Committee and Co-Chair, DC Host Committee, cordially invite you to a meeting to plan and coordinate all manner of commemorations of Douglass's Bicentennial across the DMV.

Come hear their plans and ideas and how you can participate.

Is your church or neighborhood or community group planning something that you would like the Host Committee to help publicize?

Do you have an idea for an event that the Host Committee could help make happen?

For more information, call the Museum 202-667- 2667 or Chuck Hicks 202-421- 8608
Please forward, post, and circulate widely.

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to Nov 12

The Agitators, a play

Open to: Suitable for ages 14 and up
Run Time: Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes with an intermission
Show dates and times vary
Cost: Starts at $25
Purchase Tickets Here

The Agitators tells of the enduring but tempestuous friendship of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. Great allies?  Yes.  And at times, great adversaries. Young abolitionists when they met in Rochester in the 1840s, they were full of hopes, dreams and a common purpose.   As they grew to become the cultural icons we know today, their movements collided and their friendship was severely tested. This is the story of that 45-year friendship – from its beginning in Rochester, through a Civil War and to the highest halls of government. They agitated the nation, they agitated each other and, in doing so, they helped shape the Constitution and the course of American history. 

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1:00 PM13:00

US Colored Troops in the Civil War Presentation

  • African American Civil War Museum, DC (map)
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Open to: Public
Cost: Free
Advance registration is requested by contacting Elizabeth Brownstein eksmithb@verizon.net

The Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia is sponsoring a special program at the African American Civil War Museum from 1 to 3 p.m. It will feature a presentation on the United States Colored Troops and their critical contribution to Union victory in the Civil War. Presenters are historian, teacher and reenactor Michael Schaffner, and fellow presenter high school student Hugh Goffinet, who will describe soldiers’ lives during the Civil War and demonstrate the manual of arms.

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