Archive for July, 2013

Book TV: John Muller, “Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.” [YouTube clip, 10 mins]

*Special thanks to the world-class staff, reference librarians and research specialists at various divisions of the Library of Congress who supported the creation of this book. Big thanks to Amber Paranick at the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room for her advocacy on behalf of the book and John Y. Cole at the Center for the Book for being a gracious host.*

You can see the full video at C-SPAN’s Video Library HERE!

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Saturday, July 20th at 11pm (ET) _ C-SPAN BOOK TV: “Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia”

C-SPAN BOOK TVJohn Muller recounts the final eighteen years of Frederick Douglass’ life spent at his home, Cedar Hill, in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C.  During this time, Douglass was instrumental in the development of Howard University, participated in local politics, and served as marshal of the District of Columbia.  John Muller speaks at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Web Link: http://cs.pn/12pSNMa

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Anacostia Branch of the DC Public Library: “Frederick Douglass’ Anacostia” Sat., July 20th 2:00 p.m.

Know Your Neighborhood _ Anacostia (DCPL)Know Your Neighborhood: Frederick Douglass’ Anacostia

Saturday, July 20, 2013 – 2:00pm, FREE

Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Road SE

Founded in 1854 as the first suburb of Washington City, the true story of
Anacostia and its most notable resident, Frederick Douglass, has largely
evaded the detective work of historians.

Join John Muller, local journalist and author of Frederick Douglass in
Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia, for a lively presentation and
engaging discussion on the community’s history and potential.

Web Link: http://www.dclibrary.org/node/36178

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Frederick Douglass hosts Liberian officials in Uniontown [Evening Star, 25 June 1880]

In the late 19th century, while Frederick Douglass lived in Anacostia, scores of notable men and women came to Cedar Hill. In conversation Monday with Mr. Donet D. Graves, Esq. about his ancestor James Wormley, I learned of a dinner Douglass held hosting officials from Liberia.

For Douglassonian scholars this should be of some intrigue because Douglass was forceful in his denunciation of “colonization” efforts throughout his life. Without getting too much into the specific history of Liberia or “colonization” efforts both nationally and in the District, I only learned a couple years ago that there was such a concentration of black Marylanders in Liberia that there was a republic named “Maryland” in Liberia. Maps of Africa from the late 18th century – early 19th century regularly reflect this. Today there is a county in Liberia named Maryland.

Library of Congress

Library of Congress

Without further delay, here’s the brief news item.

MARSHALL DOUGLASS entertained at dinner at his residence, at Uniontown, yesterday afternoon. Dr. E. W. Blyden, minister of Liberia to England, and Hon. John H. Smythe, U.S. minister resident to Liberia, at which dinner were also present Senator Bruce, Prof. Greener, L. H. Douglass, Robert Parker, James Wormley, Fred. Douglass, jr., and Charles Douglass.

SOURCE:

Evening Star. 25 June 1880, p. 1 Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.

Thank you to Donet D. Graves, Esq., a gentleman and scholar, for this helpful lead.

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