Archive for February, 2013

Book Talk: One More Page Books, Thurs., Feb. 21, 7pm

Cover_Frederick Douglass in Washington, DC_By John Muller _ The History Press _ Oct. 2012One More Page Books, an upstart independent book store in Northern Virginia made local and national news last year when President Obama and his family visited. I will follow in his footsteps properly with a book talk on “Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia” later today, Thursday, February 21st at 7pm.

My presentation will include a 40-slide PowerPoint and then include a Q&A. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

One More Page Books

2200 N. Westmoreland Street, #101

Arlington, VA 22213

Metro: East Falls Church – Orange Line

* A short 7 – 10 minute walk from the Metro. *

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NBC4’s Danella Sealock hosts Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C. program this Sat., February 16th at 10AM

John Muller joins WRC-NBC4's Danella Sealock in studio to discuss his new book. Courtesy of John Muller.Tune in this Saturday, February 16th at 10AM on WRC-NBC4 for a special program on Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C. hosted by native Washingtonian Danella Sealock.

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Learn about Frederick Douglass’s life and times in Washington, D.C. and celebrate 2013 Black History Month

Before the Frederick Douglass statue at One Judiciary Square moves to the US Capitol he takes time to read a new book about his life and times in Anacostia. Photo_ John MullerIt’s been a busy week and promises to be an eventful Black History Month celebration. This past Monday at a rally at the Frederick Douglass statue at One Judiciary Square, planned to soon move to the United States Capitol, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton offered praise for  “Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia.” 

See what local Washingtonians and Douglassonians throughout the country and even graduate students in England are talking about, the first book to take an in-depth look at the life and times of Frederick Douglass post-Emancipation, at one of the many book talks, panels, and walking tours happening this month.


Tuesday, February 12, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

901 G Street NW

Washington, DC 20001

Black Studies Center, Room 316


Thursday, February 21, 7pm – 8:30pm 

One More Page Books

220 N. Westmoreland Street, #101

Arlington, Virginia 22213


Saturday, February 23, 2pm – 3pm

Dorothy I. Height / Benning Library

3935 Benning Road NE

Washington, DC 20019


Sunday, February 24, 2pm – 3:30pm

Manassas Museum

9101 Prince William Street

Manassas, Virginia 20110


Monday, February 25, 6pm – 7:30pm

Woodridge Library

1801 Hamlin Road NE

Washington, DC 20018



Saturday, February 16, 10am

WRC-NBC4 Black History Month Program focusing on Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C., hosted by Danella Sealock.



Tuesday, February 19, 1pm – 2pm

WYPR Midday with Dan Rodricks

Baltimore, Maryland

 Walking Tour

 February 23, 11am – 12:30pm

Discover the Fascinating Life and Times of Frederick Douglass in Anacostia

1411 W Street SE

Washington, DC 20020

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Why is Frederick Douglass “The Lion of Anacostia”?

FD Front page of Harper's 1883Throughout his life Frederick Douglass carried many titles such as Honorable Frederick Douglass and Frederick Douglass, Esquire. At a young age he became a licensed local preacher and throughout his life many men felt compelled to address him as Reverend Douglass. He was all of these distinctions in official Washington but in his neighborhood, the city’s first sub-division, Douglass was known as “Old Man Eloquent,” “The Sage of Anacostia,” “The Sage of Cedar Hill” and “The Lion of Anacostia.”

His leonine head of hair appeared in every image and print that ever captured Frederick Douglass, the most photographed man of the 19th century. Over the years his hair and beard turned snowy white. As United States Marshal of the country’s capital city he walked the neighborhood streets from his Victorian mansion at Cedar Hill across the Navy Yard bridge over the Anacostia River and then down Pennsylvania Avenue to his office at City Hall. He continued this practice for many years. “Frederick Douglass, in spite of his age, walks about Washington as briskly as a boy,” observed the New York Tribune in early 1884.

A half-century before, Douglass was a young lion, an adolescent slave roaming the streets of Baltimore, Maryland hunting for scattered newspapers, torn Bible pages, scanning broadsides, and generally searching for anything with reading matter. As a young lion and fugitive slave Douglass rose to become a self-elevated king of antebellum America’s anti-slavery jungle.

Two men tender introductions to Frederick Douglass’s 1845 autobiography. Journalist William Lloyd Garrison leads with a Preface and abolitionist Wendell Phillips follows with a letter.

From Boston in April 1845, Phillips begins, “You remember the old fable of “The Man and the Lion,” where the lion complained that he should not be so misrepresented “when the lions wrote history.”

I am glad the time has come when the “lions write history.”

Douglass was the king of his household, his neighborhood, and the city in which he died on February 20, 1895. He was and remains “The Lion of Anacostia.”

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