EASTON — A series of virtual events are planned for Frederick Douglass Day on Saturday, Sept. 26.
The day celebrates the life and legacy of Douglass, a leading abolitionist who was born a slave in Talbot County. All events will be virtual in response to social distancing needs and the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Frederick Douglass Honor Society, Talbot County Free Library, town of Easton and Talbot County are presenting the virtual events.
The schedule of events include a 10 a.m. welcoming ceremony featuring Frederick Douglass Honor Society Board Member Harriette Lowery, Rev. William T. Wallace Sr. and music by Easton High School, Easton Middle School and St. Michaels Middle School students. The U.S. Navy Band will also perform at the opening ceremony.
There will be readings by William Peak and Terron Quailes. Quailes will be dressed as Douglass and will read the famous “Self-Made Men’ speech.
A 10 a.m. a children’s event will feature virtual games and a Frederick Douglass story read by St. Michaels Library Branch Manager Shauna Beulah.
At 11 a.m. a new portrait of Douglass will be unveiled at the Talbot County Free Library. Artist Laura Era, who also owns the Troika Gallery in Easton, painted the Douglass portrait. Prior to its Sept. 26 unveiling, the portrait is also available to view at the downtown gallery at 9 South Harrison Street.
There will also be events at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. featuring speakers from the U.S., Ireland and the United Kingdom discussing Douglass’ historical and contemporary impacts. That includes a virtual lecture and question and answer session featuring John Stauffer, the Kates Professor of English and African and African-American Studies at Harvard University.
There will also be virtual tours of the Douglass home in Washington D.C., a presentation on the history of lynchings in Maryland and a virtual viewing of “The Moment Was Now”, a musical set during Reconstruction in post-Civil War Baltimore.
All of the Douglass days events can be viewed at www.FrederickDouglassDay.com. The site also offers tickets to view the musical and associated links. Sponsors of the day’s events include Mr and Mrs. Paul Prager, the town of Easton, the Talbot County Arts Council and Bay Photographic Works.