Birthday Celebration

Map for Shuttle

A free shuttle bus will be available on Saturday, February 14, to shuttle visitors between program locations from noon to 5:00 pm. The red dots show stops along the route, which will be marked with signs on the day of the event.

The National Park Service will celebrate the 197th birthday of Frederick Douglass on February 13 and 14, 2015, with special programs and activities at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site and partnering locations throughout the historic Anacostia neighborhood. The birthday celebration is one of the site's annual signature events. This year's event is based on the theme "Frederick Douglass and Family."

A free shuttle bus will be available on Saturday, February 14, from noon to 5:00 pm to shuttle visitors between programs at sites. See above for map. Shuttle stops are adjacent to all program locations and there is a pick-up/drop-off at the Anacostia Metro station. (If you're taking the shuttle from the Anacostia metro stop, follow signs to the "Parking" side of the station. Turn right when you exit the station and walk down the road, along the fence line. Enter Anacostia Park where the "welcome" sign is on the fence. The shuttle stop is located in the parking lot.) Signs will mark each shuttle stop. Volunteers will also be on the shuttle to help answer questions and to get you to the right program location.

All programs and activities are free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.

Behind the Scenes: Archival Tour at the Anacostia Community Museum

When: 1:30 to 2:30 pm on Friday, February 13

Where: Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place SE, Washington, DC, 20020

What: Archivist Jennifer Morris leads a special tour with a focus on items related to Frederick Douglass and historic Anacostia


House Party with DJ Scooter MaGruder

When: 7:00 to 10:00 pm on Friday, February 13

Where: Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC, 20020

What: Follow the blue lights to the Anacostia Arts Center where DJ Scooter MaGruder will be spinning throwback jams. Reminiscent of the old house parties in Anacostia, this event also celebrates the Douglasses' love of music. Light refreshments, cash bar, dancing highly encouraged. All ages welcome.


Opening Ceremony

When: 10:30 am on Saturday, February 14

Where: Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Place SE, Washington, DC, 20020

What: Keynote address by historian Dr. Leigh Fought (author of the forthcoming Frederick Douglass's Women), singing by the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices, speech recitals by winners of the 2014 Oratorical Contest.


House Tours of Cedar Hill

When: Noon to 4:30 pm on Saturday, February 14

Where: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W Street SE, Washington, DC, 20020

What: First-floor tours of Frederick Douglass's home with a focus on his family life. A new wax figure of Douglass from Madame Tussaud's Washington, DC Museum will be on exhibit just for this event.


Walking Tour: Frederick Douglass's Washington

When: 12:30 to 1:30 pm on Saturday, February 14

Where: Begins at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W Street SE, Washington, DC, 20020

What: John Muller, author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia, leads a walking tour of the historic Anacostia neighborhood. Space is limited to 24 participants. Sign-up sheet available in visitor center.


Frederick Douglass Actor

When: 1:00 to 1:45 pm and 3:00 to 3:45 pm on Saturday, February 14

Where: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W Street SE, Washington, DC, 20020

What: Professional actor Darius Wallace portrays Frederick Douglass and delivers one of his most stirring speeches, "Lessons of the Hour"


Historical Trek through Anacostia and Uniontown

When: 1:00 to 1:45 pm on Saturday, February 14

Where: America's Islamic Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 2315 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE, Washington, DC, 20020

What: Tony Thomas, education programs coordinator of the Anacostia Community Museum, gives a presentation on these historic neighborhoods


Scrapbook Workshops

When: 1:00 to 2:45 pm and 3:00 to 4:45 pm on Saturday, February 14

Where: Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC, 20020

What: Bring photos and mementos to these engaging entry-level workshops. The Ward 8 Arts & Culture Council will share creative ways to capture memories and preserve your family heritage.


Tell Your Stories at the "Storybooth"

When: 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Where: Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC, 20020

What: Storybooth staff are collecting stories of Anacostia and Southeast Washington, DC. Share your story for their digital archives.


A Look at Frederick Douglass's Hillsdale Neighbors

When: 2:00 to 2:45 pm on Saturday, February 14

Where: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W Street SE, Washington, DC, 20020

What: Presentation and book signing by Dianne Dale, author of The Village That Shaped Us


Genealogy Workshop

When: 2:00 to 4:00 pm on Saturday, February 14

Where: America's Islamic Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 2315 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE, Washington, DC, 20020

What: Tony Burroughs, genealogist and author of Black Roots, shares his enthusiasm, knowledge, and methods for researching ancestry.

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