Archive for August, 2019

Up to $25,000 Reward for information in the homicide of Devin Smith, Old Anacostia Douglassonian



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Upcoming DC & Maryland Frederick Douglass-themed events; September 2019

Friday, August 30, 2019 @ 8pm
Saturday, September 1, 2019 @ 9:15 AM
Friday, September 6, 2019 @ 6:00 PM
Saturday, September 7, 2019 @ 2:00 PM & 4:00 PM
Friday, September 20, 2019 – 6:30 PM in Cambridge, Maryland
Dorchester County Historical Society
Saturday, September 21, 2019 – 9:00 AM @ Long Wharf Park
Saturday, September 21, 2019 – 2:00 PM
Dr. Charles H. Chipman Cultural Center
Friday, September 27, 2019 @ 5:30 PM
Meet outside Library of Congress @ 1st & Independence Avenue
Old Anacostia Douglassonians are local, regional, national and international.



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Funeral Services for Honorable Devin, Old Anacostia Douglassonian (Fri., August 23, 2019; viewing 10-11am / services 11am – 12 noon @ Historic Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2498 Alabama Avenue SE, Washington, D.C. 20020)

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Honorable Devin is an Old Anacostia Douglassonian in life and afterlife.

While he protected, guarded and honored the history of his community during his life we have an additional responsibility henceforth in uplifting the history to do so with honor and respect for his name and memory and contributions to his community.

It is with bowed head and clasped hands we take a knee and pray on the corners for the memory of Honorable Devin and all Old Anacostia Douglassonians who have joined the Lord’s Army of Guardian Angels to watch and guard the living.

With the sincerest sympathies and deepest of heartfelt courtesies we send our condolences and love to Honorable Devin’s family, friends, loved ones and community of Old Anacostia.

The historicity of Allen Chapel AME Church, known as the “Cathedral of Southeast,” cannot be expressed in language.

Prior to the American Civil War a community of free peoples of African descent in the area of Good Hope Hill received blessing from the Baltimore Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the first independent religious denomination founded by peoples of African descent in America, to establish Allen Chapel.

Before the American Civil War Allen Chapel AME has been a sanctuary for the community.

President Obama visited and attended services at the Cathedral of Southeast while serving as President of the United States of America.

The loss and void felt in our hearts is eternal as is the history Honorable Devin contributed to his community and our knowing his history will remain forever.


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Thank you Sankofa Books on Georgia Avenue NW for uplifting history of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.

Sankofa Books on Georgia Avenue in NW Washington, D.C. adjacent to Howard University.

Adjacent to the campus of Howard University on Georgia Avenue NW Sankofa Books has been a gathering place for students, activists, community organizers, professors and street historians since the late 1990s.

As a youngster coming up taking the 70 bus it was not an ambition to one day have my own work of local history on Frederick Douglass displayed on the shelves of the Godmother of Washington City’s Pan-African and Afrocentric bookstores.

During a recent visit to Sankofa we connected with a legendary 7th Street historian and throne seat poet who is considering a localized work on Dr. Douglass in the mid-west.

Moving into the fall and winter we hope to begin a series which will look closer and more properly at the history of American Pharaoh Dr. Frederick (Bailey) Douglass and a variety of subjects currently being suppressed by diabolical Eurocentric thought and scandal-mongering.

As local street historians our responsibility is to uplift the scholarship and the humanity of its interpretation and discussion.

Gratitude and respect cannot be properly expressed in language to Sankofa Books for uplifting and recognizing the local history of Dr. Douglass and for being a diplomatic outpost for street scholars around the world of the Douglassonian Diaspora.

Thank you, Sankofa, Georgia Avenue and all late night students and historians on the back of the 70.

Editor’s Note:

It is an honor to be in company of fellow authors Master Historian C. R. Gibbs, Dr. Ida E. Jones, Archivist of Morgan State University, Jenny Masur of the D.C. Historical Studies Planning Committees of yesteryear and other colleagues, friends and mentors within the local Washington, D.C. / Baltimore history communities.


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History at Sunset program on Friday, August 30, 2019 @ 6:30 PM at Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (FREE!)

Image may contain: one or more people and people standingThe Civil War Defenses of Washington is prepping for the next History at Sunset program on Friday, August 30, 2019 at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.

Mr. Douglass looks quite resplendent in the National Park Service flat hat this Friday. 🎩

August 30th (6:30 pm)
Freedom by the Orator: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

The program includes a walking tour of the historic home detailing Frederick Douglass’s experience and contribution to the Union war effort during the Civil War, and post-war life in Washington D.C.

Visitors can check-in at the visitors center beginning at 6:00 p.m. The visitor center will close prior to the program. Visitors will meet National Park Service staff on the grass area adjacent to the cottage which is behind the Douglass Home. The program will begin on the grass at 6:30 p.m.

For more information about the programs, please see the CWDW Facebook event page and website:


Photo courtesy NPS (SP)


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