Archive for June, 2019

Evening Walking Tour of the Churches of Frederick Douglass -> (Friday, August 30, 2019 – 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM)

BCC Howard Road SEJoin local reporter and historian John Muller on a special evening walk tour through Old Anacostia and Barry Farm, examining the history of the neighborhood churches Frederick Douglass regularly attended.

While Douglass’ contributions to Metropolitan AME Church in downtown Washington City are well known, from laying cornerstones that remain today to teaching Sunday school Dr. Frederick Douglass was an active supporter of Bethlehem Baptist Church on Howard Road SE and Campbell AME Church on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE in his local community.

Following a special sunset program at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM walk the same path Frederick Douglass planned to walk to Campbell AME the evening he took his last earthly breathe.

TICKETS:  * * FREE ** [suggested donation of $10]

Starting point and end point are NOT the same.

DEPARTURE : Frederick Douglass National Historic Site at 1411 W Street SE

CONCLUSION : Campbell AME Church at Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Sumner Road SE in Barry Farm.*

* The tour concludes up the street from the Anacostia Metro Station.

Wear walking shoes, total travel is 1.5 miles.
Parts of the tour are not accessible for people with mobility issues. Tour is not ADA accessible.

Parking at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site will not be accessible.

Metro: Anacostia (Green Line)

BUS: 92, V2, B2

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“History at Sunset: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site” w/ Ranger Steve -> Friday, August 30, 2019 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

View of Capitol Dome & Wash Monument _ FD House_1

Photo by Honorable William Alston-El. Copyright strictly enforced.

Freedom by the Orator: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

The program includes a walking tour of the historic home and detail Frederick Douglass’s experiences and contributions to the Union war effort during the Civil War.

Meet National Park Service Staff outside the Douglass’ home.

1411 W Street SE
Washington, DC 20020

For more information, please visit the Civil War Defenses of Washington website.

More details can be found at the History at Sunset page and on the calendar:


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“Agents Wanted” to sell “Frederick Douglass, The Orator” by Professor James Monroe Gregory (Richmond Planet, May 1895)






Richmond Planet, 04 May 1895, p. 3

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Event: “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” @ Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, July 4 – 11:00 AM

Image may contain: 1 person, standing and wedding“What to the slave is the Fourth of July?,” Frederick Douglass famously posed this question to an audience in Rochester, New York, in 1852. In his speech, Douglass pointed out the bitter irony of celebrating freedom in a nation that still allowed slavery to exist.

At 11:00 am on Thursday, July 4, 2019, a professional actor will portray Frederick Douglass and deliver excerpts from his famous “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” speech.

The program will take place from the front porch of Cedar Hill, Douglass’s historic home in Anacostia.

Seating will be available, but may be limited. The program will be outdoors. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, and water bottles. Free parking is available on-site.

Abbreviated tours of the home will be offered to event attendees.

** Thank you for all who joined us for the Douglass Bicentennial July 4th event last year. We WILL NOT be staying open beyond our normal operating hours of 9:00am – 5:00pm this year. **


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Video: Christine Kinealy on Frederick Douglass (June 2019

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Book review forthcoming: “The Princeton Fugitive Slave: The Trials of James Collins Johnson” by Prof. Lolita Buckner Inniss (Fordham University Press, 2019)

James Collins Johnson ran with Frederick Bailey. Whereas in 1836 Collins evaded incrimination and capture, in 1839 he made his own move out Easton in Talbot County, Maryland.

As a late night rider of the Underground Railroad James Collins Johnson uplifted his humanity.

A lost legend of history they never wanted you to know. The Shore holds secrets not whispered for generations and history not told for centuries.

Must acknowledge Princeton University and express gratitude to Prof. Lolita Buckner Inniss for honorably recognizing this sacred story of a friend of peasants, students and presidents.

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Lost History: Frederick Douglass in Queen Anne’s County (Sun., October 20, 2019 @ 1:30 PM, Centreville Branch of the Queen Anne’s County Library)

No photo description available.Lost History: Frederick Douglass in Queen Anne’s County

Join local history enthusiasts and community leaders for a debut presentation detailing the previously unknown history of Marshal Frederick Douglass visiting and speaking to more than 500 hundred people in Centreville, Maryland.

Arriving in Queenstown, Queen Anne’s County, by steamboat from Baltimore, the visit of Marshal Douglass to Centreville drew visitors from nearby Talbot, Caroline and Kent counties.

Learn more about the lost local history from internationally known Douglassonian John Muller, who has previously presented on the lost and unknown history of visits Douglass made to Cambridge in Dorchester County and Denton in Caroline County.

Q&A following the presentation.

Sunday, October 20, 2019
1:30pm – 3:00pm
Centreville Branch
Centreville Meeting Room


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Video: “Women in the World of Frederick Douglass,” Leigh Fought, Grafton Historical Society, 2 June 2019


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