Frederick Douglass looks dead at the camera for photo of the Republican Notification Committee, Washington, D.C., Monday, June 20th, 1892 [NMAAHC]

Republican Notification Committee, Washington, D.C., Monday, June 20th, 1892A black-and-white photograph of men seated and standing in front of a doorway. They wear coats, many wear ties, and several hold bowler and top-hats. At the bottom right of the photograph is the address, “11th and Pa. Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.”

Below the photograph is written “Republican Notification Committee / Washington, D.C., / Monday, June 20th 1892.” Frederick Douglass stands at the back, just left of the doorway.

FD _ closeA close-up of the visage of Douglass, the look of a man with serious life lived.

While many in the photo seem to have their attentions focused elsewhere or have their eyes slightly askew, Douglass is looking directly at the camera, dead eye.



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Colored Press Convention meets at the Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church w/ Frederick Douglass, William Calvin Chase, Ferdinand Barnett, T. Thomas Fortune, Richard T. Greener and others attend

Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church at 1705 15th Street NW in Washington, D.C., circa 1899. The church was razed in the mid-20th Century. Library of Congress. 

If we are to celebrate Frederick Douglass’ Bicentennial I advance that we recognize the full measure of his life. Yes, he’s is known as a runaway slave who rose to advise more than a half-dozen United States Presidents but let us not be so limited in our understanding of Douglass. Lest us not forgot the lesser-known Douglass, such as editor Douglass.

Ranger Nate Johnson at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site knows and has presented on Douglass as a journalist and an editor.

In our ongoing research on Douglass, we are continuously interested in his unsung and largely unknown role as Editor Emeritus of the Colored Press (today known as the Black Press).

One small item we found in a June 1882 edition of the National Republican lists Douglass in attendance of the second day of proceedings for the Colored Press Convention at the Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church, near 15th and R Streets NW. This was Rev. Grimke’s home church.

Other journalists attending were T. Thomas Fortune, Benjamin T. Tanner (founder of the Christian Recorder), Ferdinand L. Barnett, William C. Chase of the Washington Bee, W. A. Pledger of Atlanta and Richard T. Greener, a past editor and contributor to the New National Era.

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Is there a Frederick Douglass mural in your neighborhood?


An effort is underway to document and chronicle Frederick Douglass-related murals throughout Washington, DC and surrounding environs. If you know a Fred Douglass mural or work of street art around your way, please give us a hand.

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I’ve identified about ten locations, however some have come and gone.

Cedar Street SE alley
Wheeler & Mississippi Avenue SE
Bread for the City – Good Hope Road
1900 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue (wheat past is now gone)[pictured]

Fred Douglass wheat past on lower Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
Ketcham Elementary School (new)
Union Temple Baptist Church (inside the church depicting Douglass as one of the 12 disciples)
1641 N Carey Street – Bodymore
2400 West North Avenue – Baltimore, MD [pictured]
Gregory Peck work (gone)

Any help is appreciated. Thank you all.


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Pictures of Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Community Conference, December 9, 2017 at DC Prep’s Anacostia Elementary Campus — Neighborhood Memories of Cedar Hill

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L-R, Andre E. Myrick, Donald E. Scoggins and speaking Rev. Oliver “OJ” Johnson.

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Rev. OJ sharing stories of Old Ana. Photo by Head-Roc.

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Kimberly Springle, Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, “Frederick Douglass and DC Public Schools: Preservation, Memory and Legacy.” Photo by Head-Roc.

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William Alston-El, Honorary Grand Marshal, speaking with Dennis Houlihan of Solas Nua Theatre Company.

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Program for FREE Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Community Conference (Sat., Dec. 9th, 9am – 4pm @ DC Prep — 1409 V Street SE]

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FREE Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Community Conference (Flyer) – Saturday, Dec., 9, 2017 @ DC Prep – 1409 V Street SE

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New Cedar Hill Mural in Old Anacostia

Cedar Hill mural_Ketcham ES_15th StThroughout the greater countryside and the greater DC metropolitan area there are Douglass statues. Throughout Ward 8 there are a number of murals and depictions of Mr. Frederick Douglass. Some are well done, while some could use a little touch-up work.

The newest Douglass-related mural doesn’t depict the visage of the Lion of Anacostia, instead it depicts local children planting and watering a sapling in the front lawn of Cedar Hill, the home of Douglass from the fall of 1877 until his death in February 1895.

This expansive vertical mural spans three stories on the 15th Street SE side of Ketcham Elementary School, named for Union General, Congressman and District Commissioner John H. Ketcham.

On the top reads, “Planting roots now to grow later.”

On the bottom reads, “Once you learn to read, you will forever be free.” – Frederick Douglass

This mural is part of a larger and ongoing renovation and beautification of the school famous and revered among the streets and inhabitants of Old Anacostia.

The mural was completed by Joe Pagac from Tucson, Arizona. Ketcham ES entered into a contest on Twitter and was selected for the mural from the DC Mural Arts Program –> MuralsDC/DPW #Nominatemywall campaign
Cedar Hill mural __ Ketcham ES & Wash monument

This photo and above courtesy of John Muller & William Alston-El. Copyright is strictly enforced, online and offline.


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