"I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong."

Frederick Douglass spent his life fighting for justice and equality. Born into slavery in 1818, he escaped as a young man and became a leading voice in the abolitionist movement. People everywhere still find inspiration today in his tireless struggle, brilliant words, and inclusive vision of humanity. Douglass's legacy is preserved here at Cedar Hill, where he lived his last 17 years. Read More

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Tour the Historic House

The only way to get inside Frederick Douglass's home is to be on a guided tour. Rangers lead tours at scheduled times.

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Annual Oratorical Contest

This is a competition for students to test their public speaking skills and for them to become great orators like Frederick Douglass.

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Who was Frederick Douglass?

Born enslaved, Frederick Douglass escaped slavery and became an abolitionist, equal rights advocate, statesman, and more.

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Cedar Hill

Cedar Hill was the name of Frederick Douglass's estate in Anacostia.

Frederick Douglass's library with desk, chair, books, and portraits on the wall.

The site cares for thousands of original objects that belonged to the Douglasses.

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Photo Gallery

Browse historic images of Frederick Douglass, his family, and Cedar Hill.

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Anna Murray Douglass

As a young woman, Anna Murray helped Frederick Bailey escape from slavery. They adopted the name "Douglass" after marrying.

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The Growlery

The Growlery was a place where Frederick Douglass went to read, write, and think. See it during your visit!

A photograph of Helen Douglass
Helen Pitts Douglass

After Frederick Douglass passed away, his second wife Helen preserved Cedar Hill as a historic house museum.

Last updated: July 9, 2024

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1411 W Street SE
Washington, DC 20020


This phone number is to the ranger offices at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.

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