fun for
the whole

fun for the whole family

Kids of all ages enjoy make-your-own s'mores stations during winter First Saturday.

we know how to throw a party

we know how to throw a party

Fire performers dazzle onlookers during February's Fire in Ice First Saturday.

volunteer in downtown frederick

volunteer in downtown frederick

Deborah Gilbert, dedicated Alive @ Five volunteer.

take a stroll

take a stroll downtown

Visitors enjoy Downtown Frederick's walkability and diverse shopping scene.

our door is always open

our door is always open

Need a break? Take a peek at one of 150+ unique shops in Downtown Frederick.



Laboring Sons

City Hall
101 N Court St, Frederick, MD 21701

"Laboring Sons" tells the story of how Laboring Sons Memorial Grounds along Chapel Alley came to be after the Civil War. The city's audio visual department produced the film. 


According to the documentary, a group of enslaved black residents organized the Laboring Sons Beneficiary Society in 1837 with the goal of establishing their own cemetary. In the 1940s, the property was bulldozed to build a whites-only playground. It remained virtually lost until 1999, when the city government restored the property, then marked it as Laboring Sons Memorial Grounds.


The public is encouraged to attend the premiere and participate in a post-viewing discussion with a panel featuring David Key, Mary V. Harris, Rick Smith, Larry Moore, and David Wallace, who are featured in the video.

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