Escaped slave. Tireless abolitionist. Fervent activist for the equal rights of all American citizens. Frederick Douglass was one of the towering figures of the 19th century. Yet his exploits after Reconstruction are not widely known. Under the knowledgeable escort of historian and author John Muller, learn the lesser-known details of Douglass's final years in Anacostia—Washington DC's first planned subdivision. Tours start at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site before ascending to the elegant Cedar Hill estate where Douglass lived from 1877 until his death. As you stroll down the streets of Anacostia, Muller brings the bygone era to life with lively anecdotes of Douglass' tenure as U.S. marshal for the District, as well as his time at a radical newspaper and controversial second marriage to a white woman.
Learn About Frederick Douglass's Final Years
Historian and author John Muller illuminates the lesser-known details of one of the country's most famous writers and activists
Walk the Grounds of Cedar Hill
Muller escorts groups through the elegant estate where Douglass lived and worked, which opens onto picturesque views of the United States Capitol
Tour the Streets of Anacostia
Muller shares stories about Douglass's time as a newspaper editor, U.S. marshal, and local activist.
Each event is capped at 20 participants; each event requires a minimum of 4 participants in order to take place.
John Muller was already fascinated by history when he first read about Frederick Douglass in middle school. Struck by the great man's singular life, Muller continued to study Douglass for many years to come. After embarking on a career as a historian, Muller published Frederick Douglass in Washington D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia, the first detailed study of Douglass's later years in the capital. Muller's encyclopedic knowledge has served him well as a Washington Times reporter and contributor to the Washington Post and Georgetowner. His book about Mark Twain’s time as a journalist in Washington was recently published.
November 2 (10 a.m. or 3:30 p.m.)
Sunday (10 a.m.)
November 10 | November 17 | November 24
December 8 | December 15 | December 22
January 5 | January 12 | January 19
Tours start at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, with groups assembling inside the entrance of the visitor's center.