The Frederick Douglass Honor Society convened on a momentous Sunday afternoon at the renowned Wye House, a place that held deep significance for Frederick Douglass during his enslavement. The purpose was to host an exceptional panel discussion that delved into the influential role played by Douglass’s family in shaping his identity as an abolitionist, writer, and philosopher.
The fundraising event for the Frederick Douglass Honor Society Scholarship Fund, commenced with Richard Tilghman, the current owner of Wye House, accompanied by his wife, Beverly, extending a warm welcome to the overflowing audience. In a poignant account, Richard shared his family’s historical connection to slavery, highlighting his mother’s pivotal role in fostering reconciliation efforts in Talbot County. The Spy, ever watchful, captured his moving remarks.
Prior to this gathering, the Spy had the privilege of conducting interviews with two distinguished panelists who offered unique insights into the profound impact of Frederick Douglass’s family on his philosophical journey. Bill Lawson, an esteemed philosophy professor at the University of Memphis, and Celeste-Marie Bernier, a renowned scholar from the University of Edinburgh, shed an illuminating new light on the Douglass family’s legacy as profound thinkers and champions of egalitarian ideals.
Joining them on that significant Sunday were esteemed guests Kenneth B. Morris Jr., the great-great-great-grandson of Anna Maria Douglass, Ernestine Jenkins, and Kim F. Hall, all of whom contributed their expertise and perspectives to the enriching discussion.
Here is that interview
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