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Take a Glimpse Into History: Frederick Douglass's Home on Capitol Hill
Take a look into history with this grainy image of Frederick Douglass standing in front of his home on Capitol Hill at 320 A St. NE. The home still stands today and you can walk by it, looking almost the same. See it today on Google Street View.
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Robbery at the Former Home of Frederick Douglass in Anacostia
Read about a robbery that took place at the former home of Frederick Douglass in Anacostia, as reported by The Washington Post in March 14th, 1905. Find out what was taken, and what remained untouched.
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Hobbit Houses Near Boundary Castle and a Surprise Historical Connection
GoDC buddy Wayne has kindly requested some digging into the story of the “hobbit homes” on V St. NW. We’re happy to oblige as we are quite curious of their origins. So, this will be a unique “If Walls Could Talk” for GoDCer Wayne. The homes we are investigating are situated about two blocks from 18th and U St. NW. If you’ve ever walked by them, you know what we’re...
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The Near-Lynching of Tom Smothers in Washington, D.C. and Frederick Douglass' Role in Saving Him
Learn the incredible story of how Frederick Douglass, then U.S. Marshal of Washington, D.C., saved Tom Smothers from a near-lynching in 1880. Read an excerpt from John Muller's book to learn more.
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Did Frederick Douglass Buy the New Era from a Colored Newspaper Boy?
In this post, learn about an account of Frederick Douglass supporting a colored newspaper boy selling the New Era on Pennsylvania Avenue in 1870. Read about Douglass' attitude towards the younger generation and how he provided life advice and a couple of extra dollars.
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Honoring the Unknown Loyal Dead: Frederick Douglass at Arlington National Cemetery, May 30, 1871
Honor the fallen soldiers of the Civil War with Frederick Douglass' speech, "The Unknown Loyal Dead." Hear his words and read more about his visit to Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 1871.
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Frederick Douglass Was a Fighter and He Was Funny With It!
Discover the unexpected side of Frederick Douglass: the fighter who could joke about stealing something whenever he saw the Capitol Dome in Washington. Read this guest post by John (from The Lion of Anacostia) to explore the complexity of Douglass' life.
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Frederick Douglass and Rutherford B. Hayes Speak at Howard University
This is a guest post by John (from The Lion of Anacostia), cross-posted here. Forget what you’ve heard, or rather haven’t heard or yet read. Frederick Douglass was a Howard Universityman through and through. Douglass was not just a lion, he was a Bison. Howard University from Robert N Dennis Collection Douglass raised funds and donated his money to Howard....
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Frederick Douglass Watches a Baseball Game Between the Cuban Giants and All-Washington Club in 1891
In 1891, Frederick Douglass, recently returned from his position as Minister to Haiti, attended a baseball game between the Cuban Giants and an All-Washington Club. The Giants defeated the Washington team by a score of 8 to 5 in a game that took a little over two hours to complete.
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Lost in 19th Century Anacostia: The President's Cleveland Visit to Mr. Fred Douglass (Washington Post, Aug. 13, 1886)
This is a guest post by John (from The Lion of Anacostia), cross-posted here. An article from the Washington Post about President Grover Cleveland and Col. Daniel S. Lamont getting lost in 19th century Anacostia while attempting to visit Fred Douglass at Cedar Hill.
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Frederick Douglass: A Self-Made Man and Advocate for Equal Education in Washington
Frederick Douglass was a self-made man and advocate for equal education in Washington. He served on the Board of Trustees for Howard University for 25 years, giving speeches and raising money to help the students. Read about his impact and legacy.
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Charles Douglass Calls Swearing-in of Senator H.R. Revels One of the Greatest Days in the History of This Country, Tells His Father the Door Is Open and I Expect Yet to See You Pass In
The first black American seated as a US Senator was Hiram Rhodes Revels. Charles Douglass was in the Senate gallery that day and wrote a letter to his father, Frederick Douglass, calling it one of the greatest days in US history. Read the letter here!
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