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A Visit to the Frederick Douglass House – Pic of the Week

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Born into slavery at a plantation on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and provided with no formal education, Frederick Douglass escaped slavery and defied his humble origins to become a world renowned advocate for equal rights, author, publisher, orator, and statesman, traveling across the world to raise awareness about the evils of slavery. In later life, Douglass become an advisor to President Lincoln, and later served as U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia, Recorder of Deeds for the District of Columbia, and Minister Resident and Consul General to Haiti. The home pictured below, located in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C., is where Douglass spent the last seventeen years of his life.  Known as Cedar Hill, the Douglass estate is now a national park. If you would like to visit, be sure to make reservations in advance.

Facade of the Frederick Douglas house, a two-story home with a large front porch supported by four white columns
The Frederick Douglass home in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Photo by Robert Brammer.
View looking from one end of the long front porch to the other
The Frederick Douglass home front porch. Photo by Robert Brammer.
Door knocker shaped like a woman's head
The Frederick Douglass home front door. Photo by Robert Brammer.
Room with ornate wall paper, dark wooden furniture, and a bust of Frederick Douglas
The Frederick Douglass home living room. Photo by Robert Brammer.
Room with floral wall paper, an antique wooden desk, and framed photographs on the wall
Frederick Douglass’s study. Photo by Robert Brammer.
A panama hat sits atop a leather tufted chair in a room with a large rug and fireplace.
Frederick Douglass’s famous panama hat. Photo by Robert Brammer.
Bedroom with a dark wooden bed and matching vanity, white linens, and white, sheer curtains
Frederick Douglass’s bedroom. Photo by Robert Brammer.
View looking out across a river with both residential and industrial buildings
A view from the second story of the Frederick Douglass home. Photo by Robert Brammer.

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