February is Black History Month and February 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass. Did you know that Frederick Douglass was a long-time Washington, DC resident? His former home in Anacostia is now open throughout the year as a National Historic Site administered by the National Park Service. They recognize February 14th as his birthday, since the exact date is unknown. Thus on Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18th there will be an “open house” for the public to visit and tour his home for free and participate in various historical programs. The home site has a museum, film, and gift shop.
Last year there were also additional activities at the Anacostia Arts Center such as several lectures and historical demonstrations – all of which were excellent.
We’ll have more details once they become available and for now this is partially a “save the date” type announcement.
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
Important Event Details:
Registration: This event is free and open to the public and all are welcome including children. While advanced registration is not required it does help us determine how many people to expect as well as allow you to stay informed of any event updates.
Weather: As the event is mostly indoors it will take place rain, snow or shine. If it’s on the calendar then we’re processing as scheduled.
Parking: There is free parking at the Frederick Douglass House (check signs to see when the lot closes, usually at or shortly after the home closes) plus free street parking near the home.
Metro: The nearest station is Anacostia, just a short walk from the home.
Meeting Point: TBD – check back for additional details.
Additional Questions: Anything that can’t be answered by the above event description, Google, or common sense please let us know.
This event is organized by the National Park Service and is posted on Meetup by Washington, DC History & Culture.
Saturday – February 17
Sunday – February 18
We look forward to seeing you – thanks!