Join us in celebration of Talbot County’s most famous native son, Frederick Douglass... slave, author, statesman,
a lifelong champion of equal rights and justice, and a man who influenced peer and presidents alike during a
tumultuous time in our nation’s history.


Schedule of Events

10am Parade
Parade Route - Easton Elementary School Moton Building, left on Washington Street, rests in front of the Talbot County Court House, and ends on Federal Street.

10:30 am Welcome Ceremony (Talbot County Courthouse)
Mistress of Ceremonies Jaylen Howie; Presentation of Colors by Easton High School ROTC, Invocation by the Reverend Roland Brown; Pledge of Allegiance led by BAAM; Music provided by Easton Middle School Band, Katelynn Cherry, and members of BAAM. Guest speakers include Jennifer Williams, Talbot County Council, Robert Willey, Mayor, Town of Easton, and Dana Newman, Talbot County Free Library, Kelly Griffith, Talbot County Public Schools, and Eric Lowery, Frederick Douglass Honor Society President. Bill Peak, Talbot County’s Library guy, will read “Frederick Douglass”, a poem by Robert Hayden.

11:30 am Union Baptist Church Mass Choir (ES) details

11:30 am Frederick Douglass “Amazing Race” created in the spirit of the televised show (TCFL) details

12:00 pm Kim Blake-Wilson - Praise Dancing (ES) details

12:30 pm Scotts United Methodist Church Youth Choir (ES) details

12:45 pm Easton Middle School Choir (ES) details

1:00 pm Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. Lecture (TCFL) details

1:00 pm Jamaal “Mr. Root” Collier, Hip-Hop artist (ES) details

2:00 pm Amillion, Hip-Hop soul artist (ES) details

2:30 pm Artworks for Freedom Lecture & Panel Discussion (TCFL) details

3:00 pm DJ Allen Butler (ES) details

4:00 pm Guided Walking Tour of “The Hill” led by Dale Glenwood Green (Departs from the TCC)

(TCFL) Children’s Village - 11:30am - 3:30pm
Located on the front lawn of the Talbot County Free Library, the Children’s Village highlights a variety of hands-on fun and visual experiences. Watch, Listen, Color and Fish activities inspire children and family members to explore history, discover their creativity, and reap rewards (prizes) for learning about Frederick Douglass. Children receive a complimentary copy of the Frederick Douglass: In His Own Words Coloring Book depicting a few of his famous quotes, images, and more. Explore the village of videos, bubbles, balloons, and books…. Children learn with ease when they are having fun!

Marketplace (Dover & Glenwood) 11:30am - 4pm
The market is located on West Street between Glenwood and Dover Streets, across from the Talbot County Free Library. Regional food vendors, retail vendors and local and regional organizations fill the marketplace tempting festival goers with traditional Eastern Shore cuisine, crafts, accessories, information and volunteer and community opportunities.

(ES) Entertainment Stage - 11:30am - 4pm
The Entertainment Stage located on West Street, near the Talbot Country Free Library, features a full lineup of live entertainment including: the Union Baptist Church Mass Choir, Easton Middle School Choir, Scott’s United Methodist Youth Choir, and DJ Allen Butler, Kim Blake-Wilson Praise Dance, and Hip-Hop artists -Amillion the Poet, and Jamaal “Mr. Root” Collier. Emcee: Dr. Lorenzo Hughes.

(TCFL) Talbot County Free Library - 10am until 4pm
The Talbot County Free Library is located on the corner of Dover and West Streets. The Lecture Series will be held in the large meeting room.

Kenneth B. Morris, Jr.’s lecture begins at 1:00pm,
questions and answers to follow from 2:00 until 2:15pm.

Kenneth Morris, Jr. descends from two of the most important names in American history: he is the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington. His life until the year 2007 could be described as distinguished yet decisively disengaged from his lineage until Providence called. A mission to end human trafficking and all forms of servitude with a clear focus drive Ken’s career and life path on his organization’s, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI), mission To Advance Freedom through Knowledge and Strategic Action. Ken has given lectures about his family history all over the country. He has appeared in numerous National Geographic and History Channel documentaries. Since 2008 Ken and the organization have reached approximately 60,000 middle and high school students through the Frederick Douglass Dialogues Tour, appearing on television, radio and in newspaper articles (including CNN, Democracy Now!, PBS, NPR, The Tavis Smiley Show, Washington Post, USA Today and The CBS Evening News).

Artworks for Freedom will host a presentation and panel discussion
from 2:30 until 3:30pm addressing human trafficking.

A special exhibit “The Anonime (Anonymous) Series by the Albanian artist Brikena Boci is a collection of fourteen hand embroidered faces of women who the artist has memorialized in her own way. Many of these women during and after the war in Kosovo in 1998-1999 found themselves as refugees in Albania. This middle European country was in economic ruin when it emerged from communism in 1992. High rates of poverty and unemployment, a crumbling infrastructure and corrupt elected officials made the nation a fertile ground for child trafficking, prostitution and forced labor. At the age of 16, Brikena and her family found themselves helping these refugees and hearing their stories, which made a huge impact on the artist’s soul. She developed a passion and dedication in her art using textiles and paint to create vibrant, whimsical portraits of empowered female figures. The exhibit is provided as a courtesy by Artworks for Freedom.

Frederick Douglass’s artifacts will be on display and on loan by the National Park Service’s Douglass Collection from his home in Washington, D.C. Artifacts discovered during a recent archaeological dig led by Dr. Mark Leone at the Wye House also will be on display in the Library’s Frederick Douglass Room. Exhibit will be open to the public for one day only - 11:30 until 3:30pm.

Amazing Race - Registration at the Talbot County Free Library - 11:30am
Fashioned by the televised “Amazing Race”, a set of clues will lead participants to amazing pieces of Talbot County’s history. A package of maps and clues await your arrival at the registration desk located in front of the Talbot County Free Library starting at 11:30 a.m. Discover new facts and history about the County while scoring opportunities to walk away with exciting prizes. Great fun for family members and/or friends alike!







 

 

 
 
 
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