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Frederick Douglass in 1881
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.
Daniel H. Riggs, Howard University Medicine, in the South Yard of the Smithsonian Institution Building, stands next to his carriage. Picture shows the East Wing after Adolph Cluss' 1884 renovation. Against the building are sheds, used by the Department of Living Animals, 1887-1890 (Smithsonian Archives)
The Malpractice Lawsuit of Dr. Daniel H. Riggs of Howard University, 1890
In 1890, Dr. Daniel H. Riggs of Howard University was the defendant in a malpractice lawsuit. This post looks at the case, Dr. Riggs' life, and the building in which the trial was held.
Robinson and King were receiving the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. Robinson had just retired from professional baseball earlier in the year. The photograph was probably taken by either Robert or George Scurlock (Scurlock Studio Records, ca. 1905-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History)
Jackie Robinson and Martin Luther King Jr. at Howard University in 1957
Learn about the historic moment when Jackie Robinson and Martin Luther King Jr. were both receiving honorary degrees from Howard University in 1957. Read about the 8,500 people in attendance and the speech from ACLU executive director Patrick Murphy Malin.
Sanborn Firemap of Columbia Heights in 1903 (LIbrary of Congress)
Old Columbia Heights: Where the Streets Have New Names
How did Columbia Heights get its street names? This history goes back to the early 1900s when street names came into alignment with the rest of the District.

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