Repudiation Day – 250th Anniversary

Celebrate the 250th anniversary of Repudiation Day, Frederick County’s protest of the British Stamp Act and one of Frederick’s grandest days with this one day program by Christopher Haugh. A genuine bank half-holiday going back to an Act of the General Assembly in 1894, Repudiation Day recalls Frederick County’s role a critical period in American history.

1765_one_penny_stampThe Frederick County Justices, not wanting to prolong the important work of the court’s quarterly session, denounced a standing edict by British Parliament commanding that parchment vellum must be used for conducting all American Court hearings, transacting land sales, resurveys and disputes, and civil/criminal suits. One week later, the Frederick justices were portrayed as heroes. Many townspeople, under the direction and urging of the Sons of Liberty, held a mock funeral in front of an earlier court house structure that no longer stands.

The deceased Stamp Act had received its mighty blow in Frederick County, leading to the finale of the ornate mock funeral procession and visit to the gallows, all of which took place on November 30th, 1765. Learn about the Repudiation event itself, the justices behind the decision, and mock funeral to follow, and the fervor this event took on a colonies that would soon emerge into a united nation.

Chris Haugh headshot
Chris Haugh is an Emmy award-winning documentary film maker and regional historian. For nearly 25 years, Chris has researched, produced and published numerous award-winning presentations on Frederick County history. He has also taught both video production and public history courses for FCC, Hood College and Towson University.

ILR803 Repudiation Day & 250th Anniversary of Frederick’s Protest of the British Stamp Act
Monday, November 23 9:00 am – 3:00 pm in the FCC Conference Center
4-digit #: 6095
Fee: $69 Tuition: $30 Total: $99 (Includes lunch)
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only: $69

Header Image: An immensely popular political satire by Benjamin Wilson, dated March 18, 1766, depicts a funeral procession of supporters carrying a small coffin containing the remains of the bill toward an open vault. Click here to read more & see the full image.

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