The new Frederick Douglass memorial is unveiled during a special ceremony on the Talbot County Court House lawn Saturday. From left, Frederick Douglass Honor Society President Eric Lowery, Douglass Essay Contest Winner Juliette Neil, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Douglass fan, fifth-grader Brandon Coleman did the unveiling.
PHOTO BY CHRIS POLK
Direct descendant of Frederick Douglass, 93-year-old St. Michaels native Alice Withers, center, traveled all the way from California to see the new Frederick Douglass memorial.
Dr. David Blight
Dr. David Blight, director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale University, gives the keynote address next to the statue on the lawn of the Talbot County Court House.
Douglass Society members with statue
Frederick Douglass Honor Society members and fans gather around the newly unveiled Frederick Douglass memorial on Saturday. Standing, from left: Harriette Lowery, Rosalee Potter, Paulette Brooks (partially hidden), Brandon Coleman, Juliette Neil, Childlene Brooks (partially hidden), Doreen Getsinger, Walter Chase (partially hidden), and Pam Black, among others.
Crowd gathered in Easton
A crowd in excess of 1,000 people pack the courthouse lawn and Washington Street during the "Douglass Returns" statue unveiling ceremony on Saturday.
Frederick Douglass re-enactor
Frederick Douglass re-enactor Fred Morsell performs "A Soul's Evolution - Frederick Douglass on Race".
Members of BAAM (Building African American Minds) sing "I Believe I Can Fly" during the "Douglass Returns" unveiling ceremony.
Douglass Essay Contest Winner Juliette Neil
Douglass Essay Contest Winner Juliette Neil reads her award-winner essay for the people during the "Douglass Returns" memorial unveiling ceremony on Saturday.
Union Baptist Mass Choir
The Union Baptist Mass Choir keeps the audience swaying with lively spirituals during the “Douglass Returns” statue unveiling ceremony on Saturday in Easton on the Talbot County Court House lawn.
Blake Blackston American Legion Post 77
Members of the Blake Blackston American Legion Post 77 close the ceremony with the retiring of the colors. From left, Maj. George Wilson, Capt. Rudy Russell, Capt. Francis Allen, Pfc. Charles Jenkins, Lt. Fred Taylor and Capt. Charles Smothers.
Posted: Sunday, June 19, 2011 7:50 am
EASTON - Before the unveiling of the Frederick Douglass statue
Saturday morning, keynote speaker David Blight, director of the
Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and
Abolition at Yale University, spoke briefly about Douglass' life
and the significance of the statue, which now proudly stands on the
Talbot County Courthouse lawn.
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