Frederick Douglass

1876. Photographer: W.W. Core, Washington, D.C. Frederick Douglass is standing on the front lawn of his home on A Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. Other family members are standing out on the front porch on both side of the houses.

Rare Photo of Frederick Douglass in Front of His Home

This amazing find was dug up courtesy of the National Park Service. You’re look at a grainy image of Frederick Douglass standing in front of his home on Capitol Hill at 320 A St. NE. The...
Cedar Hill in 1905

Frederick Douglass Home Ransacked

Here’s a short article that we came across in The Washington Post from March 14th, 1905. The residence of Harold Dougherty, and employe of the Congressional Library, at Cedar Hill, Anacostia, the former home of the late...
The home at 1730 to 1738 V St. NW

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...
Jail transfer from the Police Court signed by Marshal Douglass, Nov. 28, 1880. Photo Workhouse Prison Museum at Lorton.

Lynching Averted in Washington City

Our buddy and early GoDCer John has an excellent book out on Frederick Douglass. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should. He’s an excellent writer and he was kind enough to share an excerpt...
Pennsylvania Ave. looking towards Treasury (Library of Congress)

Frederick Douglass: Generous Tipper and Role Model for Newspaper Boys

This is a guest post by John (from The Lion of Anacostia), cross-posted here. For black newspaper boys holding their street corners throughout downtown Washington, on Thursday January 13, 1870 there was a new paper to hawk, a paper uniquely...
burial at Arlington National Cemetery

Frederick Douglass Honors “The Unknown Loyal Dead” at Arlington National Cemetery

This is a guest post by John (from The Lion of Anacostia), cross-posted here. Arlington National Cemetery, the pre-Civil War home of Robert E. Lee, is a short Metro ride from Washington, DC. This week was my second visit in...
Capitol Dome and Trinity Church around 1859 (13 years before Douglass moved to DC)

Frederick Douglass, a Kleptomaniac?

This is a guest post by John (from The Lion of Anacostia), cross-posted here. Frederick Douglass was no born fool, simpleton, sucker, or gump. He came up from slavery, he came up in the the streets of Jacksonian Baltimore. As has...
Howard University from Robert N Dennis Collection

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....
1887-1888 Cuban Giants

Cuban Giants Defeat All-Washington Team; Frederick Douglass in Attendance

This is a guest post by John (from The Lion of Anacostia), cross-posted here. Frederick Douglass was a baseball man. His son, Charles, organized and played on Washington, DC-based colored teams in postbellum Washington. The Washington Mutual and later Alerts both traveled...
Grover Cleveland

Grover Cleveland Gets Lost in 19th Century Anacostia

This is a guest post by John (from The Lion of Anacostia), cross-posted here. While trying to confirm President Hayes visited Douglass at Cedar Hill, I came across this news item telling of President Grover Cleveland (the 22nd and, later, the 24th...
Frederick Douglass in 1881

Frederick Douglass Attends First Union Alumni Association of Howard University and Toasts “Self-Made Men”

This is a guest post by John (from The Lion of Anacostia), cross-posted here. Frederick Douglass was a self-made man about town during his years in Washington. He was a frequent guest of the White House through the various Presidential administrations...
Blanche Kelso Bruce, Frederick Douglass, Hiram Rhodes Revels

Charles Douglass Calls Swearing-In of Senator Hiram Revels “One of the Greatest Days in the History of This Country.”

This is a guest post by John (from The Lion of Anacostia), cross-posted here. The first black American seated as a member of the United States Senate was Hiram Rhodes Revels representing Mississippi. Revels filled the seat vacated by Jefferson Davis, who...
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