"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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Frederick Douglass was courageous, brave, dynamic, intelligent, and authentic. His spirit lives on at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.

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Frederick Douglass Bicentennial

Join the National Park Service as we commemorate 200 years of Frederick Douglass's life and legacy throughout 2018.

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Educational Initiatives

Bring your school to visit Frederick Douglass's historic house and participate in these two exciting experiences during the bicentennial!

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Annual Oratorical Contest

Every year, the site hosts a competition for students to test their public speaking skills. Become a young orator.

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Attend special events and programs.

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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 daily tours at scheduled times.

Last updated: November 24, 2018

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