I am supporting distribution of 1,000 books to Talbot County, Maryland where Frederick Douglass was born. As many of you know, I am working on a historic preservation project in Talbot County in the Hill neighborhood of Easton, Maryland. This historically significant community was integrated by free persons of color prior to 1790. I am struck by that fact when working in the Hill and thinking about Frederick Douglass’ birth into slavery in 1818. Frederick Douglass returned to Talbot County at least four times later in life as a free man. The Hill has strong ties to Frederick Douglass and his descendants to this day. Two churches in the Hill, including one directly adjacent to my project, were dedicated by Frederick Douglass in 1878. This year, Kenneth B. Morris Jr., a direct descendant of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington, walked into the Maryland State Senate and Assembly and received a standing ovation! When his ancestor fled the state, escaping slavery, he was a "fugitive slave" with a bounty for his return. From the state that wanted to re-enslave Frederick Douglass, politicians got on their feet and applauded his descendant. Not only is Kenneth Morris from this great lineage, he's also fighting modern human trafficking today and making an effort to bring the history of his ancestor to a whole new generation of young people. More about FDFI: Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives wants to inspire and empower one million young people to do and be more than they ever dreamed possible. In honor of Douglass’s 200th birthday, FDFI will print and distribute one million hardcover copies of a special Bicentennial Edition of the Narrative. FDFI will ask one million students across the country to read the book and, in 2018, the Bicentennial year, participate in meaningful service projects within their communities and internationally. By the end of 2018, FDFI wants to give away one million copies to young people across the country. Giving away one million copies of the Narrative will be a challenge that FDFI can't take on alone. The cost to print, distribute and manage the project is about $4 per book. Please make a tax deductible donation directly to FDFI to help fund the One Million Abolitionists project. http://www.fdfi.org/ More about the Hill: Researchers have found one of the oldest free African-American settlements in the country. The settlement known as The Hill thrived for over 70 years before slavery was abolished in Maryland in 1864 (and long after that, too). Since 2009, a multi-disciplinary team from Morgan State University has worked with the University of Maryland College Park to paint a complete picture of the former community here. Their efforts have uncovered 30,000 artifacts that show what life was like in The Hill settlement. From a 1794 coin featuring Lady Liberty to army buttons from the 1800s and household items like pitchers and wine bottles, all these items tell about the lives of the free people who lived here. Bethel AME Church and Asbury United Methodist Church were built in 1877 (although Bethel AME began in 1818) and represented opportunities for local African-Americans to have their own houses of worship, which also functioned as centers of the community. The churches were key parts of The Hill as everything changed in the years following the Civil War and emancipation. They were also both dedicated by Frederick Douglass on the same day in 1878. Asbury UMC is being restored as it was during the Douglass era with work scheduled to be complete in 2018 for its 140th anniversary. https://www.traveladdicts.net/2016/11/black-settlement-the-hill-easton-md.html
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$4,000 Goal