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Virtually tour the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

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Frederick Douglass’ enduring legacy has shaped social and political movements for more than a century. He was born into slavery on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, emancipated himself, and went on to become one of the most famous abolitionists and reformers of his time. And toward the end of his career, which was filled with powerful orations and writing, suffrage activism, and several roles in public office, he settled into Cedar Hill, his final home, in Washington, D.C. Now run as the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site by the National Park Service, the Anacostia home typically welcomes in-person tours, an annual children’s oratorical contest, and other educational programs on abolition for K-12 students. Although its doors are shut due to the pandemic, there are still opportunities to learn through a virtual house tour and image gallery. In the library, you’ll see his vast collection of books and the roll top desk at which he wrote The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass. Cedar Hill’s east and west parlors house Douglass’ Kimball piano and statues from Roman mythology. And upstairs, you can peruse the bedrooms of Frederick Douglass, his first wife Anna Murray Douglass, his second wife Helen Pitts Douglass, and guest bedrooms for both women and men. As the NPS declares, a tour of Cedar Hill illuminates many facets of Douglass’ inner life. Virtually tour the Frederick Douglass National Historical Site at nps.gov or through artsandculture.google.com. Free. —Sarah Smith