John Muller returns to present lost history of Frederick Douglass' godson

Historian and journalist John Muller will return to the Eastern Shore with a presentation on Frederick Douglass’ godson on Sept. 20 at the Dorchester County Historical Society in Cambridge.

CAMBRIDGE — Historian and journalist John Muller will return to Cambridge on Friday, Sept. 20, to give a presentation on the Rev. Henry Augustus Monroe — Frederick Douglass’ godson and the publisher of the Eastern Shore’s only black newspaper.

Muller’s presentation, set for 6:30 p.m. at the Dorchester County Historical Society, is part of his “lost history” series through which he continually educates history enthusiasts, Maryland residents and local leaders about Douglass’ ties to the Eastern Shore.

Muller has presented his historical findings in Dorchester, Queen Anne’s, Cecil, Talbot and Somerset counties, among other locations in Maryland, as well as in Washington, D.C.

He also has written them down in his books, “Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C: The Lion of Anacostia,” published in 2012, and “Mark Twain in Washington, D.C.: The Adventures of a Capital Correspondent,” a 2013 work.

Muller is working on a book titled “Frederick Douglass and Maryland’s Eastern Shore.”

Douglass’ godson’s story, which can be traced across Maryland, has been largely untold. But Muller seeks to change that, telling of Monroe’s youth during the Civil War and of his courage in establishing the only “black press” on the Eastern Shore.

Muller also highlights Monroe’s leadership role in politics with his godfather’s guidance, as well as through his own seldom-shifting prominence within the church and communities from Maryland to New York.

Muller’s presentation will feature remarks from Maryland Delegates Sheree Sample-Hughes, D-37A-Wicomico, and Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Talbot, as well as from Shirley Jackson of the Dorchester County Historical Society and Monroe’s grand-niece, Sharon Lucas.

The historian’s presentation in Cambridge comes one year after he presented “The Lost History of Frederick Douglass in Cambridge, Maryland” at the Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center.

Muller has been a frequent contributor to and guest on Maryland and D.C. publications and radio shows. He also has been featured in The Star Democrat on several occasions.

Tickets to Muller’s presentation are $5 for members of the Dorchester County Historical Society, $8 for nonmembers, and free for students of Dorchester County Public Schools, Chesapeake College, Salisbury University and University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

For more information about the event, call 410-228-7953 or visit www.dorchesterhis tory.com.

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