Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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
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 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. Touch for directions.
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); National Bohemian Beer (approx. ¼ mile away); Record Store Day Fells Point (approx. ¼ mile away); Loring Cornish / How Great Thou Art (approx. ¼ mile away); The Chesapeake Campaign & The War of 1812 (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
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