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Frederick Douglass NHS

Public Law 87 633, enacted in 1962, authorized the Secretary of the Interior "to designate, for preservation as a part of the park system in the Nation's Capital, the former home of Frederick Douglass." In February 1988, the Secretary of the Interior designated the site as The Frederick Douglas National Historic Site(NHS.) The home is the repository for a fine collection of furnishings, books, and artwork that belonged to Frederick Douglass and his family. Frederick Douglass is consi¬dered the nineteenth century's most outstanding African American. The site is a memorial to the man who is recognized as an editor, public speaker, and political activist. Frederick Douglass played an important part in the struggle to overthrow slavery. Cedar Hill is the home in Washington, D.C., where Frederick Douglass spent the last part of his life. As the national park unit associated with Frederick Douglass, it celebrates his entire life. Before he lived at Cedar Hill and achieved the positions of federal marshal and US representative to Haiti, he had been: an enslaved Marylander who sought freedom in Massachusetts; an Underground Railroad conductor; an abolitionist speaker and leader; and an editor and publisher of abolitionist newspapers, the North Star, Frederick Douglass Week, and Douglass' Paper.

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