Born into slavery in Talbot County, MD sometime during 1818, Frederick Douglass grew to be an author, abolitionist, social reformer, and the first African American to hold a high U.S. government rank. His achievements still resound today throughout Maryland and the country today. During the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration (a state-wide, yearlong event), celebrate the life and times of the first African American to gain international prominence as a social crusader throughout 2018.

Check out the short video below with Chanel Compton – Executive Director of the Banneker-Douglass Museum – a peek into all the great events happening throughout the year to celebrate Frederick Douglass' 200th birthday.

Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration Banneker-Douglass Museum

Home to the Banneker-Douglass Museum, the State’s official museum of African American heritage, Annapolis and Anne Arundel County is a must stop on your travels featuring a host of events throughout the year.

For a full list of events going on throughout the year, head over to



Videography courtesy of Patrick McNamara of Drawn to the Image