Talk: Godson to Frederick Douglass, Publisher

Talk: Godson to Frederick Douglass, Publisher 2019-09-18T11:29:04-04:00

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In continued recognition of the lost Eastern Shore history of Dr. Frederick (Bailey) Douglass, a special presentation on Rev. Henry Augustus Monroe will be delivered Friday, September 20, 2019 at 6:30pm at the Heritage Museums and Gardens of Dorchester at 1003 Greenway Drive in Cambridge, Maryland. Introductory remarks will be offered by Maryland Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes, Maryland Delegate Johnny Mautz, Shirley Jackson of the Dorchester County Historical Society and Sharon Lucas, great-grandniece of Rev. Monroe.

Following last fall’s presentation of “The Lost History of Frederick Douglass in Cambridge, Maryland,” historian and journalist John Muller returns to Cambridge to present his research on this important but unrecognized part of Eastern Shore history.

After the Civil War, the Massachusetts-born and educated Monroe was sent to Somerset County on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore to serve as an educator and supervisor for the Freedmen’s Bureau Division of Schools. So began Monroe’s connection with the Eastern Shore of Maryland where he would launch a newspaper and join the ministry. Locally, Monroe was best known for serving as pastor of Waugh Chapel in Cambridge where he became a well-respected editor, historian and community leader.

Learn how this prestigious and learned gentleman was acquainted with Frederick Douglass and how their relationship shaped history. All along the Eastern seaboard, Reverend Monroe worked to enlighten and improve conditions for his fellow African Americans.

$5 for members of the Dorchester County Historical Society; $8 for non-members

FREE – Students of Dorchester County Public Schools, Chesapeake College, Salisbury University and University of Maryland – Eastern Shore

RSVPs are encouraged but not necessary to Ann or Mitch at
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