Sunday, February 12, 2012

Mapping the Birthplace of Frederick Douglass

For Black History Month, I worked with Choptank River Heritage to map the "lost" birthplace of Frederick Douglass.  The Douglass birthplace site on Maryland's Eastern Shore is unmarked.  The nearest memorials are 7 and 14 miles from the actual site.

Check out the online map presentation, The Search for Frederick Douglass's Birthplace.

Research into the Douglass birthplace site was first published in 1985 by a local historian, Preston Dickson, in Young Frederick Douglass:  The Maryland Years.  Before that time, the site was unlocated.  The information first became widely available on the Web through my daughter Amanda's 1996 school project.  

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