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Frederick Douglass Driving Tour of Talbot County

Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland. He Later escaped and became one of the leading Americans in the Abolition Movement. His eloquent words inspired many whites to work on the Underground Railroad.

              This self-guided tour of Talbot County gives the visitor an overview of Frederick Douglass's early life.It was here that he learned what it meant to be a slave and that it was possible to escape.

              The tour includes the Freeland Farm.Douglass's Aunt Jenny and Uncle Noah successfully escaped from the farm in 1825.Douglass himself attempted to escape in 1836, but was arrested and taken to the jail in Easton.The site of this jail is also on the tour, although the current building is from a later date.

              Visitors can drive by fourteen sites associated with Frederick Douglass's life.They can see the landscape of vast plantations that were economical only if worked by unpaid labor.They can walk on the grounds of the courthouse where Douglass was held prisoner and many years later returned to give a lecture.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: Historical Society of Talbot County, 25 S. Washington St, Easton, 21601

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Historical Society Talbot County

Location Type: Program

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