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 National Park Service. The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site preserves and interprets Cedar Hill, where Frederick Douglass lived from 1877 until his death in 1895.
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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.

Mission: The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

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12/29/2020
From everyone at the Frederick Douglass NHS! #BeSafeEveryone
12/25/2020

From everyone at the Frederick Douglass NHS! #BeSafeEveryone

In 1848, #FrederickDouglass moved his family to #RochesterNY in #winter and bought a nine-room house at 4 Alexander Stre...
12/24/2020

In 1848, #FrederickDouglass moved his family to #RochesterNY in #winter and bought a nine-room house at 4 Alexander Street in April. He began sheltering escaped enslaved individuals who were escaping to #Canada. He and his wife Anna helped scores of fugitives passing through Rochester in the years before the #CivilWar. He continued lecturing in New England, New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, soliciting subscriptions at his appearances, and using fees to support his #NorthStarNewspaper. Literary Classics of America, Inc., New York, NY, 19

12/22/2020
12/19/2020
Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site

Happy Birthday Dr. Woodson!

The National Park Service and ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History are proud to present the annual celebration of Dr. Carter G. Woodson's birthday virtually. #CarterGWoodson #FindYourPark #History #BlackHistory #WoodsonBash #HappyBirthdayDrWoodson #ASALH #OmegaPsiPhi

“A nation composed of all classes should be governed by no one class exclusively. All should be included, and none exclu...
12/18/2020

“A nation composed of all classes should be governed by no one class exclusively. All should be included, and none excluded. Thus aggrieved classes would be rendered impossible.” ~#FrederickDouglass Speech: “Our Destiny Is Largely in Our Own Hands,” April 16, 1883, Douglass papers, series 1, 5:68 #FridaysWithFrederick

In 1847, #FrederickDouglass delivered his “Farewell Address to the British People” in London (later published as a pamph...
12/17/2020

In 1847, #FrederickDouglass delivered his “Farewell Address to the British People” in London (later published as a pamphlet). He left Liverpool on April 4th on board the Cambria, dining alone at the insistence of Cunard Line officials (Douglass’ letter of protest caused outcry in the English press and resulted in a public apology from Samuel Cunard). He arrived in Boston on April 20th and was reunited with his family in Lynn. Literary Classics of America, Inc., New York, NY, 1994. #TBT

Frederick Douglass addressing an English audience during his visit to London in 1846.
credit: Bettmann/Bettmann Archive

12/15/2020
“If a slaved killed his master, or struck down his overseer, or set fire to his master's dwelling, or committed any viol...
12/14/2020

“If a slaved killed his master, or struck down his overseer, or set fire to his master's dwelling, or committed any violence of crime, out of the common way, it was certain to be said that such a crime was the legitimate fruit of the abolition movement.” From Autobiography: Life and Times, 1881, page 69 #FrederickDouglass

"The more men you make free, the more freedom is strengthened, and the more men you give an interest in the welfare and ...
12/11/2020

"The more men you make free, the more freedom is strengthened, and the more men you give an interest in the welfare and safety of the State, the greater is the security of the State."
~From #FrederickDouglass' Speech: “A Friendly Word to Maryland,” November 17, 1864, Douglas papers, series 1, 4 48 #FeatureFriday

📸 credit: Stephen H. Waite, 1864. Taken in Hartford during an 1864 lecture tour - Connecticut Historical Society

In 1846, #FrederickDouglass began his lecture tour of #Scotland in January. He attacked the Free Church of Scotland for ...
12/10/2020

In 1846, #FrederickDouglass began his lecture tour of #Scotland in January. He attacked the Free Church of Scotland for accepting contributions from the Presbyterian slaveholders in the American South. He also visited the birthplace and met the sister of Robert Burns, one of his favorite poets, during his appearance in Ayr. Literary Classics of America, Inc., New York, NY, 1994. #TBT

Let's celebrate Dr. Carter G. Woodson's 145th Birthday, VIRTUALLY!
12/10/2020

Let's celebrate Dr. Carter G. Woodson's 145th Birthday, VIRTUALLY!

It's that time of year again!

Join the National Park Service and ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History as we celebrate the 145th Anniversary of the Birth of Dr. Carter G. Woodson!

This year's celebration is VIRTUAL and will be available for viewing at https://www.facebook.com/NPS.CAWO and https://www.youtube.com/c/ASALHTV. #CarterGWoodson #WoodsonBash #FindYourPark #ASALH #History #HolidaySeason

12/08/2020
12/05/2020
Discussing Douglass: Ireland

To guarantee his safety, Frederick Douglass left the United States after publishing his Narrative. He arrived on the shores of Ireland in August 1845 and remained there until early January 1846, before continuing his travels into Scotland and England. It was 175 years ago right now that a 27-year-old Douglass traveled the Emerald Isle lecturing, separated from his family -- a fugitive from the land of his birth. So much of the Douglass later generations find in the pages of history was forged in these few months in Ireland. Saturday, December 5 marks the 175th Anniversary of Douglass’s first address in Belfast, one of the last major cities on his Irish speaking circuit. Join us on December 5 for a lively conversation with Dr. Christine Kinealy – author of numerous books including “Frederick Douglass and Ireland: In His Own Words,” and “Black Abolitionists in Ireland.” Hear Dr. Kinealy discuss Douglass’s travels, lectures, the lasting impact on him, and his lasting impact on Ireland.

12/01/2020
11/28/2020
Discussing Douglass: Ireland

To guarantee his safety, Frederick Douglass left the United States after publishing his Narrative. He arrived on the shores of Ireland in August 1845 and remained there until early January 1846, before continuing his travels into Scotland and England. It was 175 years ago right now that a 27-year-old Douglass traveled the Emerald Isle lecturing, separated from his family -- a fugitive from the land of his birth. So much of the Douglass later generations find in the pages of history was forged in these few months in Ireland. Saturday, December 5 marks the 175th Anniversary of Douglass’s first address in Belfast, one of the last major cities on his Irish speaking circuit. Join us on December 5 for a lively conversation with Dr. Christine Kinealy – author of numerous books including “Frederick Douglass and Ireland: In His Own Words,” and “Black Abolitionists in Ireland.” Hear Dr. Kinealy discuss Douglass’s travels, lectures, the lasting impact on him, and his lasting impact on Ireland.

“There can be no right of speech where any man, however lifted up, or however humble, however young, or however old, is ...
11/27/2020

“There can be no right of speech where any man, however lifted up, or however humble, however young, or however old, is overawed by force, and compelled to suppress his honest sentiments. Equally clear is the right to hear. To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker. It is just as criminal to rob a man of his right to speak in hear as it would be to rob him of his money.“ Speech “A Plea for Freedom of Speech In Boston,” December 9, 1860, Douglas papers, series 1, 2:423

Between 1829-30 Frederick Douglass began working in the Auld & Harrison Shipyard as errand boy and general assistant. Su...
11/26/2020

Between 1829-30 Frederick Douglass began working in the Auld & Harrison Shipyard as errand boy and general assistant. Surreptitiously copied out letters written on lumber by carpenters and had white playmates in the neighborhood show him how to form other letters properly. At night he practiced writing, using a Webster's speller, old copy books belonging to Tommy Auld, a Methodist hymnal, and the Bible. Literary Classics of America, Inc., New York, NY, 1994.

11/24/2020
“Let slavery be hemmed in on every side by the moral and religious sentiments of mankind, and its death is certain.” Cor...
11/23/2020

“Let slavery be hemmed in on every side by the moral and religious sentiments of mankind, and its death is certain.” Correspondence Douglass to William Lloyd Garrison April 16th, 1846, Douglas papers series 3, 1-110

“The hostility between whites and Blacks in the South is easily explained. It has its root and sap in the relation of sl...
11/20/2020

“The hostility between whites and Blacks in the South is easily explained. It has its root and sap in the relation of slavery, and was incited on both sides by the cunning of the slave masters. Those Masters secured their ascendancy over both the poor whites and Blacks by putting enmity between them.” Correspondence: Douglass et al. to Andrew Johnson, February 7, 1866, Douglas Papers, series 1, 4:612

#WednesdayWords #FrederickDouglass
11/18/2020

#WednesdayWords #FrederickDouglass

It’s #TriviaTuesday! #FrederickDouglass credits #TheColumbianOrator as one of the most influential books in his life.  A...
11/17/2020

It’s #TriviaTuesday!

#FrederickDouglass credits #TheColumbianOrator as one of the most influential books in his life. A compilation of essays, speeches, and dialogues first published in 1797, this book helped Douglass study intellectual, philosophical, and theological arguments, in addition to how to speak before audiences. Across the nation, a young Abraham Lincoln was studying this same book. In coming decades, the orbit of these two stars will eventually align during the #CivilWar to form a possible constellation of what may be possible in America’s future.

It is said that the colored man is ignorant, and therefore he should not vote. In saying this, you laid down a rule for ...
11/13/2020

It is said that the colored man is ignorant, and therefore he should not vote. In saying this, you laid down a rule for the black man that you apply to no other class of your citizens. I will hear nothing of degradation nor of ignorance against the black man. If he knows enough to be hanged, he knows enough to vote. If he knows an honest man from a thief, he knows much more than some of our white voters. If he knows as much when sober as an Irishman knows when drunk, he knows enough to vote. If he knows enough to take up arms in defense of this government, and bear his breast to the storm of rebel artillery, he knows enough to vote.
Speech “Emancipation, Racism, And the Work Before Us,”
December 4, 1863, Douglas papers, ser. 3, 3:604

It is said that the colored man is ignorant, and therefore he should not vote. In saying this, you laid down a rule for ...
11/13/2020

It is said that the colored man is ignorant, and therefore he should not vote. In saying this, you laid down a rule for the black man that you apply to no other class of your citizens. I will hear nothing of degradation nor of ignorance against the black man. If he knows enough to be hanged, he knows enough to vote. If he knows an honest man from a thief, he knows much more than some of our white voters. If he knows as much when sober as an Irishman knows when drunk, he knows enough to vote. If he knows enough to take up arms in defense of this government, and bear his breast to the storm of rebel artillery, he knows enough to vote.
Speech “Emancipation, Racism, And the Work Before Us,”
December 4, 1863, Douglass Papers, ser. 3, 3:604

Check out this #Bible that was given to Mr. Douglass by the Metropolitan A.M.E. Church here in Washington, D.C. on Septe...
11/13/2020

Check out this #Bible that was given to Mr. Douglass by the Metropolitan A.M.E. Church here in Washington, D.C. on September 1, 1889. The members gave Mr. Douglass a farwell reception before his departure to Haiti, where he had been appointed by President Benjamin Harrison to serve as U.S. Minister and Consul General. Embossed with his name on the front cover, this handsome, leather-bound edition was published by Oxford University Press and contains both the Old and New Testaments. According to the Washington Evening Star, "Mr. Douglass warmly and eloquently thanked the donors for their kindness."

Former Attorney General of the U.S. Loretta Lynch used this Bible to take her oath of office on June 17, 2015. #FrederickDouglass #FeatureFriday #History

On this #VeteransDay, we pause to pay tribute to all who have proudly worn our Nation’s uniform. These men and women sel...
11/11/2020

On this #VeteransDay, we pause to pay tribute to all who have proudly worn our Nation’s uniform. These men and women selflessly placed lives, well‑being, and security of others before their own.

We remember two of Frederick Douglass’ sons, Charles and Lewis, who traveled to Massachusetts to join the 54th Infantry in April 1863. Charles transferred to the 5th Massachusetts Cavalry to become its 1st sergeant. Lewis was the sergeant major of the 54th and was wounded in the assault on Fort Wagner. #LewisDouglass #CharlesDouglass #CivilWar #UnionArmy #History

Looking for a way to celebrate #VeteransDay tomorrow? Check out some of these offerings.
11/10/2020

Looking for a way to celebrate #VeteransDay tomorrow? Check out some of these offerings.

To honor our nation’s veterans, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site will collaborate with several National Park Service sites to host virtual programming on November 11, 2020 beginning at 8:00 am CST.

We look forward to seeing you there!
#Veterans #Military

10/12/2020
Discussing Douglass: Robert E. Lee

October 12 marks the 150th Anniversary of the death of Robert E. Lee. Frederick Douglass had a lot to say on this subject. Check out our conversation with Codie Eash - Writer and Historian who has extensively researched Douglass's reaction and commentary on the passing of Lee. On this date 150 years ago, when Douglass got the news -- where did his thoughts lead him, and (to Douglass) how should we be remembering Lee and other prominent folks like him who led the Confederacy?

10/09/2020
Discussing Douglass: Robert E. Lee

October 12 marks the 150th Anniversary of the death of Robert E. Lee. Check out Codie Eash - Writer and Historian to discuss the thoughts of Frederick Douglass on the significance of Lee's passing.

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1411 W St SE
Washington D.C., DC
20020

By Metro Get off at the Anacostia stop on the Green Line and take the B2 bus in the direction of Mt. Rainier. There is a bus stop directly in front of the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site at the corner of 14th and W streets. Continue along the sidewalk in the direction the bus is traveling until you reach the visitor center (15th and W Streets SE). By Bus The B2, 90, U2, 93, A42, A46, A48, P1, P2, and P6 all drop off within 2 blocks of the site. On Foot/Bike You can walk to the site (3/4 of a mile) from the metro. Get off at the Anacostia station and head towards the "busses" exit. Turn left after going through the turnstiles, then right on Howard Rd. Turn left at MLK Avenue, then right on W St. You can also walk/bike from downtown DC (3 miles) as the 11th St. Bridge has a sidewalk on it. Come over the bridge then take Good Hope Rd. away from the river. Turn right at 15th St and three blocks will bring you to the site.

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