had goosebumps, looking out the upstairs window of
Twin Oaks in Highland Beach, Maryland. Frederick
Douglass had stood where I stood. He had looked out
from the same balcony over the same beautiful Bay. I saw
Maryland’s Eastern Shore, an area I enjoy frequenting. Frederick Douglass saw the place where he was born a slave.
Douglass’ son Charles happened upon this promise land on
the Chesapeake Bay’s Western Shore in 1893. He and his
wife, Laura, had been turned away from a neighboring resort
for being black. The pair headed south onto the adjoining
Bay-front acreage where they met landowner Daniel Bras-hears, a free black farmer. Charles negotiated the purchase of
about 40 acres, and Highland Beach was born.
(CLOCKWISE FROM UPPER RIGHT: ISTOCK, SCURLOCK-SMITHSONIAN COLLECTION,
LANGSTON-TERRELL FAMILY COLLECTION