The Frederick Douglass NHS is CLOSED today and tomorrow 12/31/2022 and 01/01/2022, we wish everyone a safe and happy New Years!
In 1851, Frederick Douglass wrote Gerrit Smith in January that he was “sick and tired of arguing on the slaveholders’ side” on the question of whether the constitution is pro-slavery. Smith wrote to Douglas in April, proposing to merge the struggling Liberator party paper with the North star in offering financial support for the new paper. Douglas agreed to the merger and wrote Smith that he now accepted an anti-slavery interpretation of the constitution. Literary Classics of America, Inc., New York, NY, 1994.
Young built upon his literacy in the years after Sophia’s lessons. He observed letters and writings of white workers he was around. He had aid from local children, and sometimes traded them food in exchange for lessons. Knowing “knowledge is the pathway from slavery to freedom,” and he secretly continued to teach himself how to read and write. What have you taught yourself?
It’s ! When Douglass bought Cedar Hill in 1877, the surrounding area was called Uniontown. During his time, the neighborhood became known by another name, which it still carries to this day. What is current name of the vibrant DC neighborhood where Cedar Hill is located?
briefly served as a member of the Legislative Council of the Territorial Government of the District of Columbia, a pre-cursor to a modern City Council. President appointed Douglass’s son, , to take his father’s seat on the Council. In your experience, has nepotism served as a good way to fill a position?
The Frederick Douglass NHS is closed today and we wish everyone a safe, blessed, and merry Christmas!
📸: NPS image of Mrs. Gladys B. Parham, the last caretaker at Cedar Hill, decorating a Christmas Tree in the East Parlor
In 1848, Mr. Douglass moved his family to Rochester in winter and bought a nine-room house at 4 Alexander St. in April. He began sheltering escaped enslaved individuals who were escaping to Canada. Mr. Douglass and his wife Anna helped scores of fugitives passing through Rochester in the years before the Civil War. He continued lecturing in New England, New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, soliciting subscriptions at his appearances, and using fees to support his North star newspaper. Literary Classics of America, Inc., New York, NY, 1994.
“We hold it to be self-evident that no class or color should be the exclusive rulers of this country. If there is such a ruling class, there must of course be a subject class, and when this condition is once established this government of the people, by the people and for the people come up will have perished from the earth.” ~from ' speech: “Parties Were Made for Men, Not Men For Parties,” September 25, 1883, Douglass Papers, series 1, 5:100 Is that statement from Mr. Douglass still relevant today, and if so, why?
We have extended the deadline for accepting applications for the 2021 Frederick Douglass Oratorical Contest by two more days!
Remember, this year's contest is VIRTUAL once again and it is open to ALL students ages 6 to 18! Applications will be accepted until the NEW DEADLINE Friday, December 24th! The contest will be held January 11 to 14, 2022.
Applications or questions can be emailed to us at: [email protected]
For more details please visit us at: https://www.nps.gov/frdo/learn/kidsyouth/virtual-oratorical-contest.htm
It’s ! Did you know Frederick Douglass not only visited the Great Pyramids of Egypt, but actually climbed all the way to the top? He reflected that it stirred in him thoughts and feelings he'd never had before. What would you imagine some of those thoughts and feelings may have been?
Following the American , many believed should have run for office in the US . Watching take a seat as the first Black man in the United States , Douglass’s son Charles wrote his father: “I am satisfied that many Senators would much more willingly see you come there...But the door is open, and I expect to see you [as a Senator].” Douglass never campaigned for the Senate. He commented, the “thought of going to live among a people in order to gain their votes and acquire official honors was repugnant to my self-respect.” Have you ever held a position, political or otherwise?
Happy Birthday Dr. Carter G. Woodson!