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Governor Hogan Issues Proclamation Declaring 2018 as the “Year of Frederick Douglass”

ANNAPOLIS, MD- Governor Larry Hogan today issued a proclamation declaring 2018 as the “Year of Frederick Douglass.” The announcement comes in celebration of the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of renowned abolitionist and Maryland native, Frederick Douglass.

“Frederick Douglass’ contributions to society transcend race, nationality, or religion, and his fight for human rights and equality still resonates to this day,” said Governor Hogan. “I want to encourage all Marylanders to attend the events and programs that are planned in honor of the official Year of Frederick Douglass in Maryland.”

Born in Talbot County, Maryland in 1818, Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, later know as Frederick Douglass, achieved international prominence for his work to abolish slavery and bring social reform. Throughout the 1830s and 1840s, Douglass met with government leaders, penned editorials, made public presentations, and published a number of newspapers advocating for abolition. His first autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, published in 1845, is noted as one of the most influential pieces of literature in the American abolitionist movement.

In celebration of the “Year of Frederick Douglass,” the Banneker-Douglass Museum, Maryland’s official museum of African American history, heritage, and culture, has announced partnerships with various organizations to host educational seminars, celebrations, and events across the state. To see a full list of events visit: