• Cedar Hill

    Frederick Douglass

    National Historic Site District of Columbia

Birthday Celebration

Come out and help us celebrate Frederick Douglass and having fun. There are events happening around the community (music, plays, games) all focused around things Frederick Douglass liked to do in his free time. So stop on by Saturday, February 8th and have a good time in Douglass's name.

 
Grid of events
 

All events are free and open to the public.

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site:
(1411 W ST SE, Washington, DC 20020)

Walking Tour: Frederick Douglass's Anacostia, 1:00 p.m.
John Muller, author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C., will lead a walking tour of Historic Anacostia. Explore the history behind the local area and see Douglass's neighborhood through his eyes. Space is limited; tickets are available at the Frederick Douglass Visitor Center on a first-come, first-served basis (limit 25 participants). Book signing to follow. The book signing is unticketd.

Meet the Author: Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C., 3:00 p.m.
Local author John Muller will read an excerpt from his book Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C. and will sign copies of the book in the Frederick Douglass Visitor Center.

House Tours: Frederick Douglass's home
Tours of Cedar Hill, Frederick Douglass's last home, will be given throughout the day. Walk in Douglass's footsteps, learn more about what Douglass did for fun, explore his library and take in the beautiful views. Free; check in at the Frederick Douglass Visitor Center.

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

Lecture: African American Baseball in D.C., 1:00 p.m.
Frederick Douglass and his son, Charles, were baseball fans. Join Tony Thomas for a look at the long tradition of African American baseball in the District.

Anacostia Arts Center:
(
1231 Good Hope Rd. SE, Washington, DC 20020)

Movie: To Build Strong Children, 1:00 p.m. (20 minutes)

Frederick Douglass descendant Kenneth Morris joins students from Benedictine Academy (Elizabeth, N.J.) and I.S. 229 Roland Patterson School (Bronx, N.Y.) to discuss human trafficking as a contemporary form of slavery and what motivated the students to become modern abolitionists.

Movie: Fly By Light, 1:30 p.m. (1 hour 40 minutes)
A group of teenagers board a bus for West Virginia, leaving the streets of Washington, DC to participate in an ambitious peace education program. For the first time in their lives Mark, Asha, Martha, and Corey play in mountain streams, sing under the stars, and confront the entrenched abuse, violence and neglect cycles of their past. But as they return to DC, each young person faces an unforgiving series of hurdles and roadblocks that challenge their efforts to build a better life. Through breathtaking visuals from street corners to mountaintops, Fly By Light is an intimate exploration of the chaotic, confusing, and emotional journey to rewrite a young person's future.

Victorian Dancing, 2:30 p.m.
Come just to watch or try a dance step or two with the Arlington House Victorian Dance Society.

Evening Reception, 4:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Top off the day with jazz music by local band, The Bitter Dose Combo, meet other Frederick Douglass "fans" or mingle with neighbors, play board games and check out the Anacostia Art Center. Cash bar.

Anacostia Playhouse
(
2020 Shannon Place SE, Washington, DC 20020)

Event kick-off: Keynote Address and Oratory, 10:00 a.m.
Winners of the 2013 Frederick Douglass Oratorical Contest join

Family-Friendly Play: Frederick Douglass, 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (50 minutes)
Bright Star Theater presents a play about Frederick Douglass. From his daring escape from slavery and work on the Abolition Movement to his work as a newspaper publisher and presidential advisor, the play leaves few stones unturned. Audiences are introduced to a variety of characters and figures from the time period and will have an opportunity to ask the actors questions about the show and Mr. Douglass. Frederick Douglass offers young people a true American hero and is best appreciated by those in second grade and older.

Anacostia Library
(
1800 Good Hope Rd. Se, Washington, DC 20020)

The Power of Fitness: 2:00 p.m.

Frederick Douglass liked to stay fit by pumping iron! And, it's is not too late to start a new fitness habit for the new year! Join United States Park Police fitness trainers for a "hands-on" session. Come dressed for a short work-out.

Uniontown Bar and Grill
(
2200 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20020)

Board Games: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

What's a birthday party without games? Frederick Douglass liked to play board games such as checkers and chess, so stop by Uniontown Bar and Grill to play a round! Game winners are eligible for prizes!

Did You Know?

The Growlery

At the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, D.C. you can see a reconstruction of Frederick Douglass' "Growlery." It was a one room building with a stove, bed, and desk where Douglass could retreat to work and "growl" when he was in the mood.