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C.V. Starr Center for the


Study of the American Experience

Frederick Douglass Visiting Fellowships

The Starr Center’s annual Frederick Douglass Visiting Fellowship brings to campus scholars, writers, musicians and others engaged in the study or interpretation of African-American history or a related field. The fellowship also offers Washington College students and faculty a chance to spend time with some of today’s leading thinkers in the arts and humanities.

Frederick Douglass Fellowships support independent work in African-American studies and related areas. The author, activist, and diplomat Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), for whom the fellowships were named, was born in Talbot County, Maryland, about 30 miles south of Chestertown, and retained a deep attachment to the Eastern Shore until the end of his life.

Established through a generous gift from Maurice Meslans and Margaret Holyfield of St. Louis, the annual Frederick Douglass Visiting Fellowship brings to campus an individual engaged in the study or interpretation of African-American history and related fields. Besides providing the recipient an opportunity for a week of focused writing, the fellowship also offers Washington College students exposure to some of today’s leading interpreters of African-American culture.

Jean Wortman
C.V. Starr Center Fellowships
The Custom House
101 South Water Street
Chestertown, MD 21620

For more information, please contact Starr Center Assistant Director Jean Wortman at 410-810-7165 or jwortman2@washcoll.edu.

To learn more about past Frederick Douglass Visiting Fellows, please visit this page