• Cedar Hill

    Frederick Douglass

    National Historic Site District of Columbia

Birthday Celebration

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."

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, speech recitals by winners of the 2014 Oratorical Contest.


Walking Tour: Frederick Douglass's Washington

When: 12:30 pm 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.


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 the historic neighborhood


Scrapbook Workshops

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

Where: Anacostia Arts Center

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.


A Look at Frederick Douglass's Hillsdale Neighbors

When: 2:00 pm 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 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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