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Rising Above to Lead

Desk decorated with personal items including glasses, a hat, figurines, and papers

Frederick Douglass NHS

After escaping enslavement as a young man, Douglass became one of the most prominent civil rights activists of the 19th century.

Bust of Booker T. Washington in front of a brick building

Tuskegee Institute NHS

From impoverished beginnings himself, Booker T. Washington built the institute in 1881 to create opportunity for African American men.

Row of historic townhouses

Maggie L. Walker NHS

Despite growing up during the Reconstruction Era, Walker became a successful African American businesswoman and community leader.

Building New Paths

Hiking trail through a green field

John Muir National Historic Site

A leading naturalist and conservationist, Muir played an important role in establishing national parks and the future National Park Service.

Kids watching a ranger draw on paper in the woods

Frederick Law Olmsted NHS

Advocates for providing green spaces in urban areas, the Olmsteds inspired a new generation of landscape architects.

Gray monolith on a plaza

Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove

While President Johnson was involved in land conservation efforts, "Lady Bird" Johnson spearheaded an urban beautification movement.

National Park Getaways

Reenactors portraying Harriet Tubman and the 54th Massachusetts Regiment

This month's National Park Getaway

Follow the life and legacy of the famed “conductor” at Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Maryland.

Two visitors on a boardwalk overhanging a fossil site

Waco Mammoth National Monument

Open a door into the Ice Age and learn about prehistoric life preserved in a paleontological site in Texas.

Prehistoric earthen mounds at dawn

Hopewell Culture NHP

Travel to the gently rolling hills of Ohio to discover the Hopewell tradition preserved in large prehistoric earthen mounds.

Rainbow over pueblo in the desert

Wupatki National Monument

In the Painted Desert of northern Arizona, explore the ruins of ancient pueblos where communities once thrived.