Archive for February 6th, 2013
Learn about Frederick Douglass’s life and times in Washington, D.C. and celebrate 2013 Black History Month
It’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
9101 Prince William Street
Manassas, Virginia 20110
Monday, February 25, 6pm – 7:30pm
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
February 23, 11am – 12:30pm
Discover the Fascinating Life and Times of Frederick Douglass in Anacostia
1411 W Street SE
Washington, DC 20020
Throughout 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.”