Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park
The Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum is located on the Baltimore Inner Harbor. It is a culturally significant site housed in the oldest standing industrial building on the Inner Harbor. The Park and Museum are part of the Living Classroom Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to strengthen communities, inspire young people to reach their potential and promote cultural preservation. The Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum highlights the lives of Frederick Douglass who grew up in Baltimore and lived in Fell’s Point; Isaac Myers who founded the first African-American owned and operated shipyard in the United States.
Backstory and Context
The ground on which the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum is located once housed the Chesapeake Marine Railway and Dry Dock Company, a company formed by Issac Myers in 1866. As CEO, he employed Frederick Douglass and controlled the largest Black-owned business in the 1800s. Frederick Douglass lived and worked on the docks and it is said that he purchased his very first book a block away from where the museum is built.
In addition to the exhibits that chronicle the lives and accomplishments of Myers and Douglass, the museum contains artifacts, historical images and maps, archaeological findings, artistic rendering and audio components. As part of the Living Classroom Foundations efforts to promote hands on education, the education centers offer programs that teach ship building & repair skills to at-risk youths.