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Honoring an American Hero

 
 
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By Bill Pfingsten, September 2, 2020
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Inscription.  Frederick Douglass's self-determination and resolve to be free demonstrated to others how to rise above oppression. His leadership, inclusive vision, and brilliant words continue to inspire us. As America continues to face up to its past, Douglass's demands for equal justice still move us to action.

In honor of this great leader, Talbot County is planning the Frederick Douglass Park on the Tuckahoe at this site, his Tuckahoe home. Trails will visit the woodlands, fields and banks of Tuckahoe Creek, and the "muddy shores" that called to young Frederick and influenced his destiny.

We invite you to explore this landscape and imagine his humble beginnings.

The 107-acre park was acquired through Maryland Department of Natural Resources Program Open Space funds and expanded through a generous donation of 40 acres by the George C. and Naomi H. Moore family. Planning is underway for interpretive trails with overlooks and educational signs. Potential park amenities include picnic areas, water access for canoeing and kayaking, a visitor center, and an amphitheater.

"The Frederick Douglass family believes that everyone is born with the

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By Bill Pfingsten, September 2, 2020
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Explore the Frederick Douglass Park on the Tuckahoe and experience his homeland. Hear the bird calls, feel the cool water and see the wild arrow arum growing, just as he did. Douglass's roots run deep here, and his spirit lives on through these lands.
potential to be great. Our great ancestor came from the most challenging conditions, yet he provides a true model for the stated values extolled in America's founding documents. By taking action to improve our communities, we're paying tribute to our esteemed ancestor."
Kenneth Morris, Great-great-great-grandson.
Co-Founder & President, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansParks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 38° 54.637′ N, 75° 57.003′ W. Marker is near Cordova, Maryland, in Talbot County. Marker can be reached from Maryland Route 303, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cordova MD 21625, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Beloved Tuckahoe Home of Frederick Douglass (within shouting distance of this marker); Forging Freedom from Places of Bondage (within shouting distance of this marker); A Champion for Equality (within shouting distance of this marker); Frederick Douglass (approx. half a mile away); St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Adkins Arboretum (approx. 3.1 miles away); St. Joseph’s Church
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By Bill Pfingsten, September 2, 2020
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An advisory group consults with park planners on what amenities are desired and where to locate them on the site. Public meetings allow you to provide your input on plans for the park. Share your dreams for this site.
(approx. 3.6 miles away); a different marker also named Frederick Douglass (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cordova.
 
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By Bill Pfingsten, September 2, 2020
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The community celebrated the official park groundbreaking on February 14, 2018, the 200th birthday of Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey. Bailey changed his name to Frederick Douglass once he gained his freedom.
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By Bill Pfingsten, September 2, 2020
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"We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and to the future. To all inspiring motives,to noble deeds which can be gained fro the past, we are welcome. But now is the time, the important time"
Frederick Douglas Speech in Rochester, New Your, July 5, 1852
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By Bill Pfingsten, September 2, 2020
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Future park layout.
Sign at park entrance. image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, September 2, 2020
7. Sign at park entrance.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 4, 2020, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 61 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on September 4, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on September 4, 2020, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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