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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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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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Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: A Panel @ Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, February 12, 6:30 – 8pm [Black Studies Center, Room 316]

Three Scholars Discuss the Local Significance of Frederick Douglass

Photo of Frederick Douglass

Please join us on Tuesday, Feb. 12 for an enlightening panel discussion on the dynamic role that Frederick Douglass played in the history of Washington, D.C. during the era of Post-Emancipation.

Our distinguished panel:

Moderated by Kelly Navies, DC Public Library

This event takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Black Studies Center, Room 316.

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Lincoln Group of DC hosts FREE symposium on the Emancipation Proclamation at MLK Library, Saturday, January 5, 2013 1-4pm, A-5

douglass-lincoln-illustration-4x3-thumb-400xauto-30321The Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia is hosting a free symposium at the Martin Luther King Library (901 G Street NW, Metro: Green Line / Red Lin  – Gallery Place) this Saturday, January 5, 2013 from 1-4 in the Auditorium A-5.

Speakers are Pulitzer Prize Winner Eric Foner, Dr. Edna Greene Medford from Howard University, and Professor Lucas Morel, Washington and Lee University. Frederick Douglass will also be making an appearance according to sources.

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Academics bogard Frederick Douglass but the true power of one of America’s greatest native sons lives on in the the hearts and minds of school aged boys and girls

Courtesy of Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Institute

At last year’s Washington Antiquarian Book Fair there was an image of Frederick Douglass I had never seen before glued into a 19th century photo album. Its provenance was from a private collection somewhere in upstate New York. The seller wanted $1,000. I would rather put that towards an original copy of The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. I kept it moving.

Over the past year I have become familiar with some of the locations in Washington, DC that house Douglass material from Howard University’s Moorland-Spingarn Research Center to the Library of Congress to the National Archives to the Washingtoniana Division of the DC Public Library. Beyond the city limits there are Douglass materials in special collections at the University of Rochester, the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, and elsewhere. One of theses places elsewhere is Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Institute which has material I have never seen before in all my previous reading and research.

No doubt the academics love themselves some Frederick Douglass. But the true eternal power of his life will always be renewed and best honored in the hearts and minds of young school aged boys and girls coming up in communities from Maryland’s Eastern Shore to Rochester to Baltimore to Washington, DC to the rural hamlets down south in Alabama and Georgia who for the first team discover and find inspiration in one of America’s greatest native sons.

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Special “Thank you” to reference librarians at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library & Library of Congress

In the course of research you have to be able to enlist other people’s help and trust that help. Some of the most trustworthy and helpful folks anywhere around are reference librarians. Throughout the research process into good ol’ Freddy-Fred and D.C. the staff at the Washingtoniana Division of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library and various divisions (Periodicals, Prints & Photos, Law, etc.) of the Library of Congress have gone above and beyond the call of duty in offering their help and sharing their expertise.

Thank you, all.


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