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Frederick Douglass Living History Interpreter Speaks to Sold Out Crowd at Academy Art Museum

Bill Grimmette, a living history interpreter, storyteller, actor, motivational speaker, and Maryland Humanities Council’s 2017 Chautauqua Scholar-Actor spoke to a sold-out crowd of 120 people at the Academy Art Museum this week at an event that was part of year-long celebration of the bicentennial of Douglass’ birth. Grimmette took the audience on a journey through the life of Talbot County’s native son. Grimmette has performed Frederick Douglass for the Chautauqua presentations in Maryland and Colorado and other venues for the past 20 years. This year, for the Bicentennial celebration of Frederick Douglass’ birth, Grimmette has prepared a national tour to revitalize the argument for the constitution and the Museum was his first stop.

On Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Museum will host a Family Art Day which is free and open to the public. Come celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Eastern Shore’s civil rights icon by creating a fine art print that features one of his famous quotes, such as “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men” or “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” Registration is suggested.

Save the date for Juneteenth, co-sponsored by the Academy Art Museum and Frederick Douglass Honor Society and partnering with the Talbot County Public Library’s Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival. The Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further information on these events, visit or call 410-822-2787.

Caption: Pictured is Bill Grimmette, a living history interpreter, who recently took a sold-out audience on a journey through the life of Talbot County’s native son, Frederick Douglass at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD.