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Exhibits: Searchroom and Traveling

Searchroom Exhibits

Frederick Douglass image taken from book My Bondage and My Freedom, published in 1855

Of Words & Records: The Early Years of Frederick Bailey

In honor of the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey Douglass, the Archives opened a new exhibit this month. Several rare documents are on public display in our exhibit located in the searchroom. Documents include; an original 1818 ledger featuring the only known recording of Douglass’ birth, estate records from the Talbot County plantation where Douglass was enslaved, and an original edition of his book My Bondage, My Freedom.

The exhibit commemorates the anniversary of Douglass’ June 1874 visit to Annapolis. We hope you will join us in celebrating the 200th birthday of Maryland’s own son, Frederick Douglass. We invite you to view these treasures in person anytime the archives is open to the public. When visiting the Archives, please be sure to bring a valid photo ID and register with our security staff. View Hours



Traveling Exhibits

Image from Stories of Flight Exhibit

Stories of Flight from Maryland
Currently on display at the Maryland State Archives, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Maryland Historical Society, Rose Hill Manor Park and Children's Museum

The Stories of Flight from Maryland exhibit was created and designed between 2010 and 2011 in part to meet matching requirements of a U.S. Department of Education Office of Post Secondary Education Grant to study the Underground Railroad in five counties of Maryland's Eastern Shore, including Dorchester, Caroline, Queen Anne's, Talbot and Kent. View Stories of Flight Exhibit Online

To schedule this exhibit for your location please contact Emily Oland Squires.


Additional Exhibits

Colonial Encounters in the Chesapeake
Currently on display at the Senate Miller Building
Location: 3rd floor
This traveling exhibit explores the Natural World of Native American, Europeans and Africans, from 1585 to 1800.
Online Exhibit: Colonial Encounters in the Chesapeake

Additional exhibits in the Miller building are located on the first floor and highlight Maryland history. Exhibits feature our collection materials.

Exhibits at the State House
100 State Cir, Annapolis, MD 21401
These exhibits commemorate important milestones in the state's and the nation's history. View State House Visitor Information to plan your visit or view information about the exhibits online by visiting the following links. George Washington's resignation as commander in chief of the Continental Army on December 23, 1783, the ratification of the Treaty of Paris on January 14, 1784, and Maryland's role in the creation and ratification of the U.S. Constitution, especially the Annapolis Convention in 1785.

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