"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.

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As part of our observance of Black History Month 2023, check out this video which sheds light on the three national parks in Washington, DC, that celebrate the contributions of three of the most influential Americans of all time - Frederick Douglass, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Dr. Carter G. Woodson - and the preservation projects that are currently underway so their homes can be enjoyed for this and future generations.

The Historic Homes of National Capital Parks-East Celebrate Black History Month

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Virtual Tour

Tour the inside of Frederick Douglass's house from wherever you are. Virtually walk the halls and see closeups of historic objects.

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Cedar Hill

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

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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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Photo Gallery

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

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

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Bookstore, Order Online!

Operated by America's National Parks, the bookstore sells unique educational products and books related to Frederick Douglass.

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