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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Walk the halls of Cedar Hill, home of the famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

Born into slavery, Douglass escaped to spend his life fighting for justice and equality for all people. His tireless struggle, brilliant words, and inclusive vision of humanity continue to inspire and sustain people today.

The Douglass site covers 8.5 acres known as Cedar Hill and includes the main house, gardens, and an extensive collection of personal effects that both captivates visitors and educates them about Douglass and his family. Douglass moved to Cedar Hill in 1877 and lived there for 18 years. During that time, he served as U.S. Minister to Haiti and as U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia, continuing all the while to write about and speak out for human rights and equality until his death on February 20, 1895.

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Image Credit: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
Last updated: February 11, 2020
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