Frederick Douglass reading

Frederick Douglass reading

This year marks the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Douglass in the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Although he was internationally known for his work as an abolitionist, writer, suffragist, orator, and statesman, in his later years he was deeply involved in the politics and culture of local Washington, where he lived in an Anacostia mansion. We take a look at the time Douglass spent in Washington, hear how residents are celebrating the bicentennial of his birth and, in the lead up to Independence Day, remember one of his most famous speeches, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”


  • Ka'mal McClarin Museum Curator, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, NPS
  • John Muller Author of "Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia"

Frederick Douglass' newspaper, New National Era, and correspondence

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