National hero Frederick Douglass played a big role in shaping the nation’s history with his perseverance and belief in equality for all. Join us on July 4, 2018 for a day long celebration in honor of Frederick Douglass bicentennial. Visit go.nps.gov/Douglass200 for event schedule. (NPSPhoto: Actors at the historic site portraying Douglass and his eldest son.) #Douglass200 #FrederickDouglass #Anacostia #YearoftheAnacostia #Ward8 #bicentennial #FourthofJuly
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for honoring the staff of Frederick Douglass National Historic Site and Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site for the hard work and dedication they all put into preserving Black culture and history in the D.C. area.
Connecting with the community and sharing the remarkable stories of revolutionary icons, including the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site is an honor in itself for those who contribute to the preservation of these places. #Douglass200 #NPS
commemoration of #Douglass200
continues today Feb 18. Join us for exclusive programming that honors the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass #TheLionofAnacostia
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. Photo: Student orator performing a famous Douglass speech.
Public transportation is highly encouraged for visiting during the weekend kickoff event. Street parking near the site will be difficult to find and limited due to residential parking restrictions.
The closest Metro Rail Station is the Anacostia Metro Station (green line). There will be a FREE DC Circulator shuttle from the Anacostia Metro Rail to the historic site starting at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, and from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 18.
Exit the Anacostia Metro Station on the "Howard Road" exit. Follow signage to meet the shuttle by the Bus Terminal on Bay G.
Parking is available at the Metro Rail Station. Parking on Saturday's is $2 all day and free on Sunday's.
If you park at the Anacostia Metro Rail Station parking facility, you will need to exit the parking facility, walk along Howard Road and re-enter the Anacostia Metro Rail facility to walk to the Bus Terminal site and find the shuttle. National Park Service staff and volunteers will be available to assist you.
Did you know that Frederick Douglass played the violin? He picked up the lifelong pastime during his self exile in Scotland. It was a way for him to express his sorrow and loneliness. Douglass' love of music continued into his later years.
His grandson, Joseph, inherited Douglass' musical ear, and became a famous concert violinist.
During the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Kickoff and Birthday Program, visitors will be able to enjoy music performances by
They will be playing lively selections of music that represent several eras of Frederick Douglass’s life.
We look forward to hearing this amazing group of musicians this Saturday and Sunday!
This Bible was given to Frederick Douglass by the congregation of the Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, Washington, D.C. in 1889. The members gave Douglass a farewell reception before his departure to Haiti.
Photo Credits: A.M.E. Metropolitan Church Washington, D.C., ca. 1900, Library of Congress
Take a fascinating journey through the life of Frederick Douglass in a once-in-a-lifetime temporary exhibition featuring artifacts from Douglass's personal collection including his Bible. You will have a chance to see these objects during the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial celebration on February 17th and 18th.
"I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.- Frederick Douglass
From The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
“The man who will get up will be helped up; and the man who will not get up will be allowed to stay down.”
-Frederick Douglass, “Self Made Men,” 1872
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This quote is quite powerful. It talks about the strength of the individual as well as community uplift. Frederick Douglass was one of the leading voices for civil rights, but his rise was made possible by the support of friends, family, and others who came before him. They recognized his willingness to stand up and fight, and joined him in the struggle for freedom. For instance, Douglass’ wife, Anna, a free woman, risked her own future by helping him escape and choosing to marry him. In this speech, Douglass recognized the psychological violence of slavery and racism, and urged others to fight too, or risk being trapped by institutions created to hinder African American advancement, like Jim Crow segregation. An extraordinary example of personal achievement, Douglass also offered a helping hand.
Join us on Saturday, Feb 17th at 3:00-3:45 pm as acclaimed historian Leigh Fought, lectures on the influential role of women in the life of Frederick Douglass while he lived at Cedar Hill.
Dr. Fought is an Assistant Professor of History at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY. She is the author of Women in the World of Frederick Douglass and an editor of The Frederick Douglass Papers: Series Three: Correspondence, Volume 1: 1842-1852.
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"Education means emancipation. It means light and liberty. It means the uplifting of the soul of man into the glorious light of truth, the light by which men can only be made free.” – Frederick Douglass, 1894
Frederick Douglass spoke these powerful words at the dedication of the Manassas Industrial School in Manassas, Prince William County, Virginia, a school organized to help African Americans develop trades.
Learn more about the Manassas Industrial School via @georgemasonu #Douglass200 #bhm #blackhistorymonth #wednesdaywisdom
Frederick Douglass died from a heart attack at the age of 77. This death mask was created by Ulrich Dunbar shortly afterwards to honor his memory. His wife, Helen, moved to preserve their home, where he lived and worked in Washington, DC. It is affectionately named Cedar Hill. The National Park Service continues to honor that legacy today. Visit us: www.nps.gov/frdo
Enjoying the day at Cedar Hill.
Photography Demo for the Douglass Bday Celebration "Douglass and the Arts" Douglass was the most photographed man of the 19th century.
Historian Leigh Fought recounts Douglass' search for his origins.