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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site This is the official page of the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, a unit of the N The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site preserves and interprets Cedar Hill, where Frederick Douglass lived from 1877 until his death in 1895.

Born into slavery, Douglass escaped to spend his life fighting for justice and equality for all people. His tireless struggle, brilliant words, and inclusive vision of humanity continue to inspire and sustain people today.

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In 1842 Mr. Douglass Met the black orator and abolitionist Charles Lennox Redmond. Douglass made dozens of appearances a...
05/26/2022

In 1842 Mr. Douglass Met the black orator and abolitionist Charles Lennox Redmond. Douglass made dozens of appearances a year in New England and New York State, sometimes before hostile audiences, and became known for his skill at extemporaneous speaking, mimicry of slaveholding clergy, and willingness to engage hecklers. His son Frederick was born March 3rd. Literary Classics of America, Inc., New York, NY, 1994. Photo 1: Zinn Education Project

05/25/2022

In Mrs. Bethune’s speech, “The Lessons of Tolerance” from 1952, she said: “The world today is ablaze with the fires of hate and suspicion. The hands of too many men today are raised against their brothers. In these trying days the reputation of no man-- no woman-- is safe from suspicion and attacks the enemy has come among us! What then, my friends, must we do to be saved? We must cast out the devils of suspicion when they lay hold upon us, so that they may no longer make a mockery of decent human relationships.”

We ask the same question as Mrs. Bethune posed, with all that is going on in the news today, what must we do to be saved? #WednesdayWords #MaryMcLeodBethune #History #ImbibeIt #Bethunism

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Did you know that Anna Murray Douglass held the family together and handled their finances while Frederick Douglass trav...
05/24/2022

Did you know that Anna Murray Douglass held the family together and handled their finances while Frederick Douglass traveled? Oldest daughter Rosetta once noted, “On his coming home he supposed there would be some bills to settle. One day while talking over their affairs, mother arose and quietly going to a bureau drawer produced a bank book with the sums deposited just in the proportion father had sent, the book also contained deposits of her own earnings – and not a debt had been contracted during his absence.” Photo 1: From Isaac Julien's 2019 film installation "Lessons of the Hour"

When looking at #FrederickDouglass's bedroom, visitors sometimes ask, "Are those dumbbells lying on the floor?" The answ...
05/23/2022

When looking at #FrederickDouglass's bedroom, visitors sometimes ask, "Are those dumbbells lying on the floor?" The answer is yes, Frederick Douglass worked out. By the late 1800s, lifting weights was becoming a popular way to stay fit. In fact, Douglass had family connections to #AaronMolyneauxHewlett (pictured here), who was at the forefront of physical education. Hewlett was Frederick Douglass, Jr.'s father-in-law. From 1859 to 1871, Hewlett ran the gymnasium at #HarvardUniversity and taught courses in physical education.

The fascinating photograph below shows him surrounded by the tools of his trade. Both Hewlett and Douglass encouraged their families to exercise and to be physically active. Hewlett's sons boxed; Douglass's sons played baseball. According to Douglass's granddaughter Fredericka, Douglass used to stand on his lawn and spin these weights around in circles. Physical activities contributed to their health as a family. The 2022 Black History Theme set by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc. (#ASALH) is “Black Health and Wellness”, and we are sure Mr. Douglass and his family would have a lot to say on the subject! #MondaysWithMrDouglass #History #BlackHistory #Family #Exercise #Health #Wellness #HealthyParksHealthyPeople #FindYourPark #CedarHill

Photo Credit: NPS and Harvard University

This letter from May 23, 1892 is just one of the countless examples of people hoping to meet with Douglass while at Ceda...
05/22/2022

This letter from May 23, 1892 is just one of the countless examples of people hoping to meet with Douglass while at Cedar Hill. The site would have been a near-revolving door of politicians, activists, reformers, and the general public hoping to catch a glimpse or share a word with the famed Sage of Anacostia. Photo 1: Handwritten letter to Frederick Douglass (LOC)

Charles Douglass described which of his parents he considered the head of the house, saying they were “the banker, the b...
05/21/2022

Charles Douglass described which of his parents he considered the head of the house, saying they were “the banker, the baker, and the general manager of the home.” Who did he say was the head of the house – mother or father?

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05/21/2022

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Anna Murray Douglass was originally buried in Grace Cemetery. Where is her current resting place? Photo 1: Find A Grave

"“In tracing the moral and intellectual progress of mankind from barbarism to civilization, we see that any and every ad...
05/20/2022

"“In tracing the moral and intellectual progress of mankind from barbarism to civilization, we see that any and every advance, however simple and reasonable, has been sternly resisted. It appears that the more simple the proposition of reform, the more stern and passionate has been the resistance. Victory has always been found, when found at all, on the other side of the battlefield.” ---Speech: “I Am A Radical Woman Suffrage Man,” May 28, 1888, Douglass Papers, ser. 1, 5:386
Why do some American citizens who have the rights and privileges given to all American citizens resist some American citizens who have not?" Photo 1: Public Domain

In 1839 Mr. Douglass was licensed to preach by the African Methodist Episcopal Zion church and frequently spoke from the...
05/19/2022

In 1839 Mr. Douglass was licensed to preach by the African Methodist Episcopal Zion church and frequently spoke from the pulpit at the New Bedford Zion Methodist Church. His daughter Rosetta was born June 24th. his son Louis Henry was born October 9th. Literary Classics of America, Inc., New York, NY, 1994. Photo 1: AME Zion Church

This metal and leather hat box sits on a table in the Men’s Guest Bedroom of the #FredrickDouglass home.  It is believed...
05/18/2022

This metal and leather hat box sits on a table in the Men’s Guest Bedroom of the #FredrickDouglass home. It is believed that the hat box was manufactured in Rome, Italy and Frederick Douglass purchased it in #Italy. The hat box became a popular item in the 19th century – matching the popularity of hats for both day and evening wear. A hat box is a container for storing and transporting headgear, protecting it from damage and dust. #WednesdaysWithMrDouglass #History #Artifacts #CedarHill #FindYourPark Photo 1: NPS

Do you have professional driving experience and are looking for a rewarding position in the National Capital area? Natio...
05/17/2022
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Do you have professional driving experience and are looking for a rewarding position in the National Capital area? National Capital Parks - East (NACE) is looking for someone with your background. This Motor Vehicle Operator position serves a fast-paced, dynamic team assisting with the maintenance, roads, and trails maintenance operations within the NACE portfolio. The candidate will operate platform trucks, van trucks, dump trucks, specialty pumping equipment and trash removal trucks which typically have an approximate gross vehicle weight of more than 26,000 pounds and up to 32,000 pounds. This position also requires candidates perform general maintenance on motor vehicles and a variety of manual labor tasks associated with road operations. If you are looking for a fast-paced position with a focus on professional development here in the Nation's Capital, please apply today!

To receive consideration, you must meet the minimum qualifications requirements for this position and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section via email to [email protected]. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 5/22/2022.

National Capital Parks – East (NACE) is a large and complex portfolio of parkland and historic sites in the District of Columbia and Maryland. NACE consists of over 8000 acres distributed among 98 locations. Park resources consist of natural areas, recreation areas, cultural landscapes, historic homes, parkways, farms, archeological sites, historic forts, environmental clean-up sites, and private properties under scenic easement. The NACE portfolio includes concessions and a host of programmatic and philanthropic partners. The various sites have strong connections with local communities as well as attract national and international visitation. Located in or near the nation's capital, park sites often have high political interest and are visited by U.S., state, local, international, and departmental dignitaries, and staff.

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Anna Murray Douglass was originally buried in Grace Cemetery.  Where is her current resting place? Photo 1: Find A Grave
05/17/2022

Anna Murray Douglass was originally buried in Grace Cemetery. Where is her current resting place? Photo 1: Find A Grave

Photos from Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site's post
05/17/2022

Photos from Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site's post

May is Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month! On a Boston stage in 1869, #FrederickDouglass...
05/16/2022

May is Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

On a Boston stage in 1869, #FrederickDouglass spoke up in favor of Chinese #immigration to the United States:

"Do...I favor [Chinese] immigration, I answer I would. Would you have them naturalized...with all the rights of American citizenship? I would. Would you allow them to vote? I would. Would you allow them to hold office? I would. I submit that this question of Chinese immigration should be settled upon higher principles than those of a cold and selfish expediency.

There are such things in the world as #HumanRights. They...are external, universal and indestructible. It is this great right that I assert for the Chinese and Japanese, and for all other varieties of men equally...I know of no rights, of race superior to the rights of humanity. When there is a supposed conflict between human and national rights, it is safe to go to the side of humanity. I want a home here not only for the negro, the mulatto and the Latin races; but I want the Asiatic to find a home here in the United States, and feel at home here...Right wrongs no man.

Though they come as the waves come, we shall be stronger if we receive them as friends and give them a reason for loving our country and our institutions. Contact with [them] would convince us that the points of human difference, great as they, upon first sight, seem, are as nothing compared with the points of human agreement. Such contact would remove mountains of prejudice." #AANHPIHM #AsianPacificAmericanHeritageMonth

Photo credit: “Our Composite Nation”: Frederick Douglass’ America Exhibit, New York Historical Society

05/16/2022

#DidYouKnow, the need for funding ensured that Dr. Carter G. Woodson had several white philanthropists such as #JamesHDillard, #GeorgeFosterPeabody, #AlbertBush, #ThomasJesseJones, and #JuliusRosenwald elected to the board of the #ASNLH? While Dr. Woodson preferred white patrons (like Rosenwald) who were willing to finance the Association without being involved in its work, some of the white board members that were recruited were not content to play the passive role that Dr. Woodson wanted, leading to clashes and eventually, resignations.

How do you deal with a silent partner? #MondaysWithDrWoodson #History #BlackHistory #ASALH #Wealth #Partnership #Disagreement #Ownership

Photo credit: Chicago History Museum

Check out #FrederickDouglass's traveling trunks. As a respected public speaker and world traveler, Douglass traveled by ...
05/16/2022

Check out #FrederickDouglass's traveling trunks. As a respected public speaker and world traveler, Douglass traveled by steamship, train, and horse and carriage through Europe, North Africa, North America, and the Caribbean—even when Jim Crow era laws prevented him from taking safe and comfortable passage. He knew how important it was to spread his knowledge and to learn from others. Where will your travels take you? #MondaysWithMrDouglass #History #BlackHistory #Travel #TravelingTrunks #FindYourPark #CedarHill #Internationalism #WorldTraveler Photo 1: NPS

This is believed to be the first photograph taken of Frederick Douglass taken around 1841. This daguerreotype was taken ...
05/15/2022

This is believed to be the first photograph taken of Frederick Douglass taken around 1841. This daguerreotype was taken just a few years after his escape from slavery. The exposure time of this photo would have been several minutes as compared to later photos of Douglass with exposure ties of only a few seconds. Photo 1: Black and white photo of a young Frederick Douglass in a gold colored frame (Collection of Greg French)

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The Frederick Douglass NHS is CLOSED today and tomorrow 12/31/2022 and 01/01/2022, we wish everyone a safe and happy New Years! #NYE2022 #FrederickDouglass #History
In 1851, Frederick Douglass wrote Gerrit Smith in January that he was “sick and tired of arguing on the slaveholders’ side” on the question of whether the constitution is pro-slavery. Smith wrote to Douglas in April, proposing to merge the struggling Liberator party paper with the North star in offering financial support for the new paper. Douglas agreed to the merger and wrote Smith that he now accepted an anti-slavery interpretation of the constitution. Literary Classics of America, Inc., New York, NY, 1994. #FrederickDouglass #FeatureFriday #History
Young #FrederickDouglass built upon his literacy in the years after Sophia’s lessons. He observed letters and writings of white workers he was around. He had aid from local children, and sometimes traded them food in exchange for lessons. Knowing “knowledge is the pathway from slavery to freedom,” and he secretly continued to teach himself how to read and write. What have you taught yourself? #TBT #History
It’s #TriviaTuesday! When Douglass bought Cedar Hill in 1877, the surrounding area was called Uniontown. During his time, the neighborhood became known by another name, which it still carries to this day. What is current name of the vibrant DC neighborhood where Cedar Hill is located?
#FrederickDouglass briefly served as a member of the Legislative Council of the Territorial Government of the District of Columbia, a pre-cursor to a modern City Council. President #UlyssesGrant appointed Douglass’s son, #LewisHenryDouglass, to take his father’s seat on the Council. In your experience, has nepotism served as a good way to fill a position? #MondaysWithMrDouglass #History
The Frederick Douglass NHS is closed today and we wish everyone a safe, blessed, and merry Christmas! #MerryChristmas #FrederickDouglass #History 📸: NPS image of Mrs. Gladys B. Parham, the last caretaker at Cedar Hill, decorating a Christmas Tree in the East Parlor
In 1848, Mr. Douglass moved his family to Rochester in winter and bought a nine-room house at 4 Alexander St. in April. He began sheltering escaped enslaved individuals who were escaping to Canada. Mr. Douglass and his wife Anna helped scores of fugitives passing through Rochester in the years before the Civil War. He continued lecturing in New England, New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, soliciting subscriptions at his appearances, and using fees to support his North star newspaper. Literary Classics of America, Inc., New York, NY, 1994. #FrederickDouglass #FeatureFriday #History
“We hold it to be self-evident that no class or color should be the exclusive rulers of this country. If there is such a ruling class, there must of course be a subject class, and when this condition is once established this government of the people, by the people and for the people come up will have perished from the earth.” ~from #FrederickDouglass' speech: “Parties Were Made for Men, Not Men For Parties,” September 25, 1883, Douglass Papers, series 1, 5:100 Is that statement from Mr. Douglass still relevant today, and if so, why? #TBT #History
We have extended the deadline for accepting applications for the 2021 Frederick Douglass Oratorical Contest by two more days! Remember, this year's contest is VIRTUAL once again and it is open to ALL students ages 6 to 18! Applications will be accepted until the NEW DEADLINE Friday, December 24th! The contest will be held January 11 to 14, 2022. Applications or questions can be emailed to us at: [email protected] For more details please visit us at: https://www.nps.gov/frdo/learn/kidsyouth/virtual-oratorical-contest.htm #FrederickDouglass #Orator #ThePowerOfWords #NPSYouth
It’s #TriviaTuesday! Did you know Frederick Douglass not only visited the Great Pyramids of Egypt, but actually climbed all the way to the top? He reflected that it stirred in him thoughts and feelings he'd never had before. What would you imagine some of those thoughts and feelings may have been?
Following the American #CivilWar, many believed #FrederickDouglass should have run for office in the US #Congress. Watching #HiramRevels take a seat as the first Black man in the United States #Senate, Douglass’s son Charles wrote his father: “I am satisfied that many Senators would much more willingly see you come there...But the door is open, and I expect to see you [as a Senator].” Douglass never campaigned for the Senate. He commented, the “thought of going to live among a people in order to gain their votes and acquire official honors was repugnant to my self-respect.” Have you ever held a position, political or otherwise? #MondaysWithMrDouglass #History
Happy Birthday Dr. Carter G. Woodson! #CarterGWoodson #BlackHistory