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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Frederick Douglass Celebrated at Two Events Tuesday, February 21

Frederick DouglassSALISBURY, MD---Eastern Shore historical figure Frederick Douglass takes center stage at Salisbury University during two events Tuesday, February 21.

Dr. Clara Small, professor of history, inaugurates this spring’s Delmarva History Series with a discussion about Douglass at 3 p.m. at the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture in SU’s East Campus Complex, 190 Wayne St.

Douglass is one of the Eastern Shore’s most celebrated figures. A fugitive slave, abolitionist, orator, journalist, author, public servant, editor, Civil War recruiter, minister to Haiti and recorder of deeds for Washington, D.C., he was one of the leading spokespersons for justice, regardless of race, gender or ethnicity. Copies of his autobiography are available in advance for discussion participants.

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Sponsored by the President’s Office, Charles R. and Martha N. Fulton School of Liberal Arts, and Nabb Research Center, admission is free and the public is invited. To RSVP call 410-543-6312.

At 7 p.m., master motivational story speaker Bill Grimmette steps back in time to portray Douglass during a living history performance in the Wicomico Room of the Guerrieri University Center. As past president of the National Association of Black Storytellers, Grimmette has portrayed Douglass at the Smithsonian Institution and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, among other venues.

Also sponsored by the Nabb Research Center, admission to his presentation is free and the public is invited.

Both events are part of SU’s celebration of African-American History Month, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Services. For more information visit the SU web site at

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