Douglass National Historic Site
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site is dedicated to preserving
the legacy of the most famous African American of the 19th Century.
Frederick Douglass' life spanned nearly eighty years, from the time
that slavery was universal in American states to the time it was
becoming a memory. Douglass freed himself from slavery, and through
decades of tireless efforts he helped to free millions more. His
life was a testament to courage and persistence that continues to
serve as an inspiration to those who struggle in the cause of liberty
Douglass lived and worked in Rochester, NY for most of his public
career. After the close of the Civil War he moved to Washington,
DC to publish a New National Era, to carry on his work on behalf
of African Americans. He served Washington in many ways, in international
affairs, in the Council of Government for the District of Columbia,
and finally as US Marshal for the District. In 1877 he purchased
the home which he named Cedar Hill, the location of the Frederick
Douglass National Historic Site. The Site consists of Douglass'
Home, and an interpretive Visitor Center.
website provides access to information about the life of Frederick
Douglass, as well as the material and document holdings of the Frederick
Douglass National Historic Site.