Frederick Douglass was born enslaved in Talbot County, Maryland. At eight-years-old, he was sent to labor in Baltimore where he spent the next seven years. While there, he taught himself to read and write, recognizing a connection between literacy and freedom.
Douglass’s story of his early life in Maryland, his escape to freedom, and his work as an abolitionist both serves as inspiration and strong critique and is a critical part of understanding American history in general and Maryland’s history specifically.
The Elephant We Don’t See Diversity Dialogue 2023 begins during Black History Month as we consider this foundational work and what it teaches us about how we live today.