Frederick Taylor, aka Squire Frederick, is the town crier for Annapolis, Baltimore, and Catonsville. He is a pro!
Two hundred years ago, town criers played an essential role in America's colonial towns. These days, we've got many other ways to get important information. But the job of town crier still exists in some communities -- and Alexandria is currently on the hunt for the perfect person to fill that role. Sabri Ben-Achour meets one town crier who calls himself "Squire Frederick" and learns more about a job that hearkens back to a very different America.
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