Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Frederick Douglass Day at CBMM

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
213 N. Talbot St.
P.O. Box 636
St. Michaels, MD 21663

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

10am-4pm; Free for members, $10 for adults, kids under 16 free

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The Frederick Douglass Honor Society and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum are partnering again to present Frederick Douglass Day on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at the Museum. From 10am to 4pm, this day-long celebration features exhibits about Douglass’ life and work, genealogy workshops, cooking demonstrations, dance, live music, regional foods, and activities for children to learn about the diversity of cultural traditions established in our early heritage. Shipbuilding techniques used by Douglass will also be demonstrated at the boatshop.

The first Frederick Douglass Day was held at the Museum in October 2010, drawing more than 500 people to the Museum’s waterfront campus and raising $10,000 for the Frederick Douglass statue unveiled at the Talbot County Courthouse in June, 2011. In keeping with this year’s theme, “Learning from the past, educating for the future,” the Museum and FDHS have once again partnered with all Talbot County schools to host a county-wide 8th grade Frederick Douglass essay contest. Contest winners will read their entries at Frederick Douglass Day and receive gifts and prizes from the Museum and local organizations.

New this year is a cooking demonstration by Michael Twitty, a recognized culinary historian, community scholar, and living history interpreter focusing on historic African American food and folk culture. Twitty will be holding open-fire cooking demonstrations at the Museum’s Mitchell House, which belonged to Douglass’ sister. Twitty involves his audience in discussions about heirloom crops and seeds, wild food, foraging methods, and the cooking techniques that create a uniquely African American cultural tradition.

Local food vendors will include Darnell’s Grill, Milestone, Sam’s Pizza, Scottish Highland Creamery, and BBQ chicken from the Union United Methodist Church in St. Michaels. In addition to dance, music, and live demonstrations, families will have the opportunity to see history come alive by chatting with a young Frederick Douglass interpreter, creating their own copy of Douglass’ newspaper, the North Star, and trying out the clothes and tools of a 19th century free black sailor in a vintage photo booth activity.

Donations and proceeds benefit the Frederick Douglass Endowed Scholarship Fund and Museum educational programs.Admission is $10 for adults, and free for museum members and kids under 16. For more information, call the museum at 410-745-2916.


March 13 - CBMM's May 5 Frederick Douglass Day activities announced

February 9 -- Frederick Douglass Day set for May 5 at CBMM

See photos from the inaugural Frederick Douglass Day

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CBMM_FrederickDouglassDay_02.jpg (Photo by Bill Kepner)
From left, William Wells, young Frederick Douglass, Mary Thomas, Judge James Thomas, and Norman Anderson at the inaugural Frederick Douglass Day. Photo by Bill Kepner.

Frederick Douglass Day

CBMM_FrederickDouglassDay_02.jpg (Photo by Bill Kepner)
Young attendees at the inaugural Frederick Douglass Day enjoyed a variety of hands-on crafts.

Frederick Douglass Day

CBMM_FrederickDouglassDay_02.jpg (Photo by Bill Kepner)
Guests at the inaugural Frederick Douglass Day try their hand at fishing off the docks of Waterman’s Wharf.