Starring Jamie Hector, best known for playing Marlo Stanfield on the HBO series The Wire, in the lead role, FREDERICK DOUGLASS: PATHWAY FROM SLAVERY TO FREEDOM tells the traumatic and compelling story of Douglass' early life. Born in Maryland, his mother was a slave and his father was a white man, most likely his mother's owner. Separated from his mother as an infant and then later his maternal grandmother, Douglass was sent to live with the Auld family in Baltimore. The television special reveals his life-changing experience in Baltimore when he learned to read, first from Hugh Auld's wife, Sophia, and then from white children in his neighborhood. Douglass' thirst for knowledge and freedom eventually led him to escape to the North at age twenty posing as a sailor with the identification papers of a free black man. Part of the Young American Heroes series which brings to life the true stories of young American heroes and heroines from colonial America to the Civil War.