Frederick Douglass 205th Birthday Celebration


Maryland Governor, Larry Hogan declared 2018 the year of Douglass. Since then, Frederick Augustus Bailey Douglass has been celebrated every year. Douglass was born on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. His actual birth date is unknown, and he chose to celebrate it on February 14th later in life. It is in Easton, Maryland where the Operation Frederick Douglass On The Hill will remember, honor and celebrate the 205th anniversary of Douglass’s birth on February 18, 2023, at this ticketed event.

February 18, 2023 – This fundraiser event will include performances by Phil Darius Wallace and Millicent Sparks at the Avalon Theatre at 6:00 p. m. located at 40 E. Dover Street, Easton, MD 21601. Immediately following the show will be an unveiling of an 8-foot-tall Portrait of Frederick Douglass by an Oscar Award Winning Artist, along with refreshments at the Waterfowl Building located at 40 S. Harrison Street Easton, MD 21601. Tickets can be purchased at

Come and join the Douglass and Bailey families for a night of history and entertainment in historic Easton and the Hill Community to Celebrate the Life of Frederick Douglass during the week of his birth and death.

Imagine being a fly on the wall as Frederick Douglass and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. discuss integration.

What about Douglass speaking with Minister Malcolm X?

You don’t want to miss this a very special show in honor of the 205th Birthday of the great abolitionist.
The final performance will blow you away!!!

About The Presenters:

Darius Wallace is an actor and has been in several Hollywood Movies (Nothing But The Truth, Brian Banks and The World We Make). His most recent upcoming movie is Queen Rising. He has appeared on TV shows such as (Christmas At Graceland, Bluff City Law, Tyler Perry’s Sistas and Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit). He is a founding company member of Tennessee Shakespeare in Memphis, Tennessee and he has performed all over the country in thousands of schools, universities, theaters, and libraries as Frederick Douglass, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Minister Malcolm X, Dr. Carter G. Woodson and Langston Hughes. He also has been the TEDx Memphis coach for seven years. He is a practitioner of Tai Chi/Chi Gong and teaches methods of self-improvement through meditation.

Darius has directed his own movie (100 Lives.) He is a two-time winner of the Ostrander Award in Memphis, Tennessee for best actor and best original play. He also has been nominated for the Adelco Award in New York for best actor for his one-person show on the life of Frederick Douglass. He has a TEDx talk that is inspiring many lives around the world. Under his coaching and speaking many have gone from the fear of public speaking to becoming successful at sales as well as on the speaking circuit.

Millicent Sparks brings to life the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman, who helped enslaved Africans to escape to freedom. She will take on an emotional ride north on the Underground Railroad with dynamic and powerful Theatrical Performance of Harriet Tubman. The Award-winning actress is in high demand for her masterful performances.

Ms. Sparks is an accomplished actor/writer/producer who has performed on local, regional and international stages and in film and on television. Sparks, a lifelong history buff, develops and produces researched living history performance programs with special emphasis on the African American experience through her production company Millicent Sparks Productions, Inc.

In Partnership with Dave and Amy Hunt of Naples Florida.

I Greatly Appreciate them for allowing us to do the World Premiere of this Portrait or Frederick Douglass by an Oscar Award Winning Artist here in the Birthplace of our family member Frederick Douglass.








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