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A Living History Presentation

Frederick Douglass Living History Presentation

Fletcher Branch Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Phone: 301-739-3250

Sunday, Feb. 18
3:00 PM

Frederick Douglass was born into slavery  in 1818 in Talbot County, Maryland. A prominent American abolitionist, Douglass (1818-95) was also an author and orator. Born a slave, Douglass escaped at age 20 and went on to become a world-renowned anti-slavery activist. He fought for civil rights and to empower African Americans to develop their own skills and to take responsibility for their actions.  Douglass’ three autobiographies are a strong influence in the slave narrative literary genre.

BILL GRIMMETTE is a Master Storyteller who is a past President of the National Association of Black Storytellers and is one of the founders of the National Capital Area Black Storytellers Association

As a storyteller, Grimmette has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, The Birmingham Music Club, The Smithsonian Institutions, The Kennedy Center millennium stages, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Los Angeles Library System and legions of colleges and school systems around the country. He was commissioned by the Kennedy Center to write, direct and perform an adaptation of the book, "Harlem" by Walter Dean Myers to be mounted at the Kennedy Center and tour. Bill created and performed stories to inaugurate the opening by the Phillips Collection and the Metropolitan Museum of Arts of Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series.

As an actor, Bill has performed at the Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, The Shakespeare Theater at the Landsberg, the Milwaukee Repertory theater, New York’s Cherry Lane Theater, The Virginia Shakespeare Festival and many, many more.

His National Television and Film credits include: Cecil B. Demented; Homicide, Her Alibi, A Man Called Hawk, In the Heat of The Night, The Murder of Mary Phagan, and To Heal a Nation among others. His voice can also be heard narrating national programs produced by National Geographic Explorer and PBS.

Characters created by Bill Grimmette and toured in Colleges Universities and the Chautauqua circuits include Benjamin Banneker, Frederick Douglas, W.E.B Du Bois, and Martin Luther King, Jr. The stories of this Valiant Four span the history of the nation from 1731 to 1968 and beyond.