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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.

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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.

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American University: Books That Shaped America Discussion Series – The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave [June 4, 2013, 7:30 – 9:00pm]

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The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

A community dialogue about slavery in America–the triumph of one man’s emancipation from bondage–led by Professor Thomas Merrill (Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs)

June 4, 2013, 7:30–9:00pm

Mud Box Cafe
Bender Library, Room B30A
American University

Frederick Douglass’s first autobiography is one of the best-written and most widely read slave narratives. It was boldly published less than seven years after Douglass had escaped and before his freedom purchased. Prefaced by statements of support from his abolitionist friends, William Garrison and Wendell Phillips, Douglass’s book relates his experiences growing up a slave in Maryland and describes the strategies he used to learn to read and write. More than just a personal story of courage, Douglass’s account became a strong testament for the need to abolish slavery.

Please join us for a community dialogue about slavery in America – and the triumph of one man’s emancipation from bondage – informed by the classic book by Frederick Douglass. The discussion will be led by Professor Tom Merrill of the Department of Government. Professor Merrill’s research and teaching interests include political philosophy, especially early modern political philosophy, bioethics, and public policy.

All members of the American University and greater Washington, DC, communities are invited. Attendees do not need to have read the book. Admission is free and reservation is not required.

Light refreshments will be served at all events.

For more information visit: or contact LibEvents@american.edu202-885-3847

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Library of Congress Books & Beyond – Frederick Douglass in Washington, DC: The Lion of Anacostia [Thurs., June 20, 12 noon, Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor, Madison Building]

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I am truly humbled by the opportunity to discuss Frederick Douglass in Washington, DC: The Lion of Anacostia at the Library of Congress’ Mary Pickford Theater (3rd Floor, Madison Building) on Thursday, June 20th at 12 Noon.

While the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library’s Adult Literary Resource Center (and Washingtoniana Division) will always be from whence I came, the book could not have been written without the Library of Congress.

LOC holds the Frederick Douglass Papers. With the expertise shared by the world-class staffs of the Law Library, Newspapers & Current Periodical Reading Room, Manuscript Reading Room, and online resources such as Chronicling America and the “Ask a Librarian” service, the book became a reality. On June 20th I’m looking forward taking a moment to further thank the staff of LOC for all of their help. I truly cannot thank them enough.

For more information on the upcoming book talk please contact the Center for the Book at 202.707.5221 or



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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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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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