Lost History: Dr. Frederick (Bailey) Douglass in Salisbury & the Lower East...

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Charles H. Chipman Cultural Center

325 Broad Street

Salisbury, MD 21801

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In continued recognition of the lost Eastern Shore history of Dr. Frederick (Bailey) Douglass, a special presentation on his 1880 visit to Salisbury and connections to the Lower Shore will be presented Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Dr. Charles H. Chipman Cultural Center in the old Georgetown neighborhood of Old Salisbury City in Wicomico County, Maryland.

Introductory remarks will be offered by Shanie Shields of the Chipman Cultural Center, local activist and media personality Amber Green and Mayor of Salisbury City Honorable Jacob Day. Special acknowledgments will be offered to Salisbury Historical Marker Task Force Chairwoman Linda Duyer and Prof. Jefferson Boyer, former member of the board of the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture at Salisbury University.

Following presentations of "The Lost History of Frederick Douglass in Cambridge, Maryland," at the Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center and "Lost History: Rev. H. A. Monroe, Godson to Frederick Douglass and Publisher of The Eastern Shore's Only Black Newspaper” at the Dorchester County Historical Society local historian and Washington City journalist John Muller makes his debut in Salisbury and the Lower Eastern Shore with LOST HISTORY: Dr. Frederick (Bailey) Douglass in Salisbury and The Lower Shore.

Q&A will follow the presentation.


In February 1880 United States Marshal Frederick Douglass returned to the Eastern Shore less than six months after a fall 1879 visit to Centreville in Queen Anne's County. Before arriving in Salisbury Douglass traveled from Washington City to Baltimore where he then proceeded across the Chesapeake Bay to the Church Street home of Salisbury's Solomon T. Houston, a member of the boards of Morgan College and the Princess Anne Academy.

Maintaining a lifelong commitment to the moral and educational improvement of his people, the lecture of United States Marshal of the District of Columbia Frederick (Bailey) Douglass was advertised as benefiting the John Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church in Salisbury.

Proceeds from the lecture Dr. Douglass delivered in the extant Wicomico County Court House assisted covering the costs of an addition of a second floor to the original John Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church built in 1838. The extant building stands today as the oldest structure on the Delmarva independently built by peoples of African descent, serving the present-day community as the Charles H. Chipman Cultural Center.


John Muller, author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia (2012) and Mark Twain in Washington, D.C.: The Adventures of a Capital Correspondent (2013) has been a local reporter in Old Anacostia and adjacent communities for the past decade for a variety of print and online publications

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.

In September 2018 Muller presented "Lost History: Frederick Douglass in Cambridge, Maryland" at the Harriet Tubman Museum and Education Center in downtown Cambridge and "Lost History of Frederick Douglass in Caroline County" in February 2019 at the Denton Branch of the Caroline County Public Library. On October 20, 2019 Muller will present "Lost History of Frederick Douglass in Queen Anne's County" at the Centreville Branch of the Queen Anne's County Public Library and on May 9, 2020 will present "Lost History of Frederick Douglass in Cecil County" at the Elkton Branch of the Cecil County Public Library.

He has presented “The Lost History of Frederick Douglass in Western Maryland” at various venues such as the 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.


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