Frederick Douglass' 200th birthday celebration kickoff rescheduled for Jan. 25

ORANGE COUNTY (Jan. 18, 2018) -- The Frederick Douglass at 200 Kickoff Celebration featuring Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins and Mary D. Williams has been rescheduled for Thursday, Jan. 25, at the United Church of Chapel Hill.

The event was postponed from its Jan. 18 scheduled date due to inclement weather.

The ceremony will include an evening of art and song. Tarish Pipkins will unveil his newest creation -- a Frederick Douglass puppet and multi-media performance.

Mary D. Williams, acclaimed gospel singer and scholar, will celebrate Douglass by singing the story of the African-American experience -- from slavery to abolition and beyond.


Several organizations, including the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, Orange County Government, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro chapter of the NAACP, the Orange County Arts Commission and others, are hosting a series of events throughout the county in 2018 to commemorate the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass. Most events are free and open to the public.

For a complete schedule of events, visit the Orange County website.