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In order to accommodate needed renovations and repairs, the museum is not accepting tour requests at this time. For future announcements and programming information, please monitor this website and join our email list. We hope you enjoy these virtual tours, posted on the website. Thank you.

frederick douglass     museum & Cultural center

Museum News

Jean Langston -
Dedication for 28 Years

Jean Langston has led the Frederick Douglass Museum and Cultural Center since its inception.

As she steps down from her leadership position, we look at her leadership and legacy at the FDMCC.

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The Maryland Governor Visits the Museum

Gov. Wes Moore and First Lady Dawn Moore helped Highland Beach celebrate its 130th anniversary.


Their visit included a tour of the Frederick Douglass Museum and Cultural Center.

our mission

We are committed to promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of the life and work of Frederick Douglass and his family. In addition, the museum seeks to identify, document, and preserve the social and cultural histories of Highland Beach and Venice Beach, Maryland.

Through dedicated all-volunteer teams of the board of directors and museum docents, we strive to make these resources available for information and research. Click here to Contact Us.


This summer community on the bay was founded in 1893 by Charles Remond Douglass, the youngest son of Frederick Douglass.

Its rich history is recalled by long-time residents. To see these videotaped "Porch Stories" and to learn more about the founding of Highland Beach and Venice Beach, Click Here.


The collection includes items from Frederick Douglass' estate, the Douglass family who enjoyed summers on the bay, and from families in Highland Beach and Venice Beach. See the Collection.



The FDMCC recently videotaped a series of interviews reflecting life at "the Beach." Taped on the porches of the museum or the residents' home, these recollections from long-time citizens offer a unique view of two very special communities, Highland Beach and Venice Beach. 

Porch Stories are an Anthony A. Smoot production.

FDMCC Porch Stories Introduction

FDMCC Porch Stories Introduction

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Museum leadership and board

Jean Langston, Executive Director

Dena Sewell, Director, Programming Committee Chairperson

Edmund Fleet, Board Vice-Chairperson

Nancy Williams, Secretary

Linda Newton, Fund Development Chairperson

Judy Biagas

Mildred Cannon

Carla Chissell

Carolyn Chissell*

Brenda Coakley

Geneva Hudson

Regina Jenkins, Gift Shop Manager

Ray Langston*

Zora Lathan*

Janice Lloyd

William H. McGlockton

Margo Pinson

Ben Secundy

Tiffani K. Whittaker

*Honorary Board Members

“We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.” 

- Frederick Douglass

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