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Walking Tour of Frederick Douglass in Denton, Maryland

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Learn about the lost history of Frederick (Bailey) Douglass in Denton and Caroline County, Maryland.

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Following the successful presentation of Lost History: Frederick Douglass in Caroline County in February 2019 at the Denton Library local historian John Muller returns to town to offer a unique walking tour for students and seniors alike interested in learning more. 

Join local history enthusiasts for a walking tour exploring a previously unknown high-profile visit Frederick Douglass made to Denton, Maryland in the fall of 1883. Arriving by train and escorted through town by a brass band from nearby Centreville, Douglass spoke at a political rally on the grounds of the old county courthouse before departing town by steamboat down the Choptank River.

Learn more about the many connections Frederick (Bailey) Douglass had to Denton and Caroline County from his childhood, through his grandmother, wife and close friends and family including first cousins who served in the Union Army as members of United States Colored Troops and AME Bishop Alexander Wayman.  


John Muller is the author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C: The Lion of Anacostia (2012) and Mark Twain in Washington, D.C.: The Adventures of a Capital Correspondent (2013) and is at work on Lost History: Frederick Douglass and Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

He has presented on Frederick Douglass at public libraries and venues across the Eastern Shore from Cambridge to Denton to Easton to Salisbury to Centreville. Additionally, Muller has presented on Frederick Douglass throughout Western Maryland, West Virginia and the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas. Muller has been featured on C-SPAN's BookTV and C-SPAN's American History TV, as well as in the pages of the Star Democrat and the air waves of ABC 47, NBC4, WAMU, WYPR, and Delmarva Public Radio.



Tour will begin at the Wharves of Choptank Visitor and Heritage Center and conclude outside of Union Bethel AME Church in Historic Old Denton. 

There is free parking available at the Wharves of Choptank Visitor and Heritage Center.

Total walking is under two miles.

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