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Frederick Douglass

 
 
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By Christopher Busta-Peck, May 3, 2008
1. Frederick Douglass Marker
Inscription. "Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation are those who want crops without plowing up the ground - they want rain without thunder and lightning." - Frederick Douglass

Born in February, 1818, on Maryland's Eastern Shore, Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery to become the founder and editor of an abolitionist newspaper, and eloquent speaker and a leading reformer. After the Civil War, he held high public office as a U.S. Marhsal for the District of Columbia (1877), Recorder of Deeds for the District of Columbia (1881) and Consul-General to the Republic of Haiti and Charge d'Affaires for Santo Domingo (1891). The most prominent Afro-American of the 19th century, Douglass has often been called the father of civil rights.

His formative years were spent here in Fells Point, where he lived intermittently from 1826-38 as a slave, teaching himself to read and write. In 1838, Douglass obtained a "seaman's protection" paper from a retired sailor, certifying that the holder was a free American sailor and entitled to all rights under the American flag. With this paper, Douglass made his escape from slavery to New York City.

In his passionate speeches and writings, and as a holder of public office, Douglass was a crusader for human rights, never missing the opportunity to speak or act on behalf of
524 South Dallas Street image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, May 3, 2008
2. 524 South Dallas Street
Marker is on the left edge of the building.
the oppressed. He died on February 20, 1895, following a speech on women's rights.

Once known as "Douglass Row," the houses at 516-524 S. Dallas Street were constructed by Douglass in the 1890's, probably on the foundations of the old Strawberry Alley Methodist Church.
 
Erected by the City of Baltimore, Lake Clifton Senior High School, sponsor, William Donald Schaefer, mayor.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 17.085′ N, 76° 35.764′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on South Dallas Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 524 South Dallas Street, Baltimore MD 21231, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. War in the Chesapeake (approx. 0.2 miles away); “Baltimore must be tamed…” (approx. 0.2 miles away); On Thursday, September 18, 2003 (approx. ¼ mile away); Fells Point (approx. ¼ mile away); The Chesapeake Campaign & The War of 1812 (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Stanislaus Kostka Church
516-524 South Dallas Street image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, May 3, 2008
3. 516-524 South Dallas Street
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Katyn Remembered (approx. 0.3 miles away); In This Building From 1992 - 1999 (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Categories. African AmericansNotable Buildings
 
520 Dallas Street image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, May 3, 2008
4. 520 Dallas Street
The middle unit of this five unit rowhouse block.
Douglass Place image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, May 3, 2008
5. Douglass Place
On 520 South Dallas Street.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 3, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,420 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 3, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.
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