Frederick Douglass Square at University of Maryland

Tribute to an Icon in the Heart of Campus

College Park, MD


University of Maryland


Wallace Montgomery




Park Design, Rooftop Design

Floura Teeter provided landscape design services for the plaza commemorating Maryland-native, Frederick Douglass on the University of Maryland’s flagship campus. Located within the academic core and adjacent to the Hornbake Library, the plaza brings Douglass’ experience directly to students—it is a small but important space on campus as it presents a clear message of inclusion and diversity.

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Project Details

The new design was accomplished without disturbance to existing parking below. The plaza includes new seating, lighting, and planting centered on a larger-than-life statue; significant quotes by Frederick Douglass are embedded in the paving and Corten wall. It establishes a new outdoor room which provides a place for reflection, meditation, and celebration for students, visitors, and staff.

Frederick Douglass Statue

Goals for the project included:

  • Creating a contemplative environment on a busy campus
  • Managing constraints of occupied space below
  • Meeting expectations of multiple academic and design constituencies


MD ASLA Merit Award, 2017

Project Team