The son of a slave woman and an unknown white man, "Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey" was born in February of 1818 on Maryland's eastern shore
When Douglass was about six years old, his grandmother walked with him the twelve miles from his childhood cabin to the Wye
"It was here, under the instruction of Mrs. Auld that young Frederick first learned the alphabet. However it did not last long, "
"Very soon after I went to Baltimore to live, Master Hugh [Auld] succeeded in getting me hired to Mr. William Gardiner, an extensive ship builder"
African-American abolitionist Frederick Douglass first encountered The Columbian Orator around the age of twelve, just after he learned to read
Follow in the footsteps of Frederick Douglass during his teenage years in St. Michaels. Arriving as Frederick Bailey, a rebellious 15 year old,
"The arrival of Frederick and Anna Murray Douglass in New Bedford on Sept. 16 of 1838 was unexceptional,"
Disturbed by the Methodist segregation and haughtiness, Anna and Douglass joined an African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and he became a licensed preacher where his oratorical skills flourished.
Douglass speaks about his slave experiences at a convention of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society held on Nantucket Island.