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
"I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong."
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Frederick Douglass was courageous, brave, dynamic, intelligent, and authentic. His spirit lives on at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.
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.
What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?
An actor will portray Frederick Douglass at the site on July 4 to give an original performance about one of Douglass's most famous speeches.
The Growlery was a place where Frederick Douglass went to read, write, and think. See it during your visit!
Last updated: June 4, 2017