"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

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

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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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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.

A black-and-white photograph of Frederick Douglass in his sixties

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass was a runaway slave, abolitionist, equal rights advocate, and statesman.

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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!

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Family Fun Day!

Enjoy a fun day of games, living history programs, crafts, demonstrations, and house tours at Cedar Hill.

Last updated: September 15, 2017

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