Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Time: 11:45 am - 4:15 pmLocation:
Depart from and Return to the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia
8900 Little River Turnpike
Fairfax, VA 22031
Contact: Michele Endick
This site preserves where Frederick Douglass lived from 1877 until his death in 1895. First we will view an introductory film, the exhibits, and book store in the visitor center. Then we will tour the historic house furnished with original objects.
Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was born into slavery on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. At an early age, Frederick realized there was a connection between literacy and freedom. Not allowed to attend school, he taught himself to read and write. In 1838, Frederick escaped and settled in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Adopting the last name "Douglass,” he attended abolitionist meetings and gained a reputation as an orator relating his experiences in slavery.
To avoid being captured and re-enslaved, he traveled overseas but when abolitionists offered to purchase his freedom, he returned to the United States legally free and embraced the women's rights movement, helped people on the Underground Railroad, and supported anti-slavery political parties. Frederick Douglass recruited African-American men to fight in the U.S. Army and met with President Abraham Lincoln to advocate on their behalf. Douglass argued that freedom would be empty if former slaves were not guaranteed the rights and protections of American citizens. In 1872, he moved to Washington, DC, had high-ranking federal appointments and kept a vigorous speaking tour schedule to agitate for racial equality and women's rights.
Fee: $18/ $12 member (includes
tour and bus transportation).
Note: We will not stop at a restaurant to eat. You may bring food to eat on the bus but please remove all trash.
RSVP: Submit payment and registration form to the J, Attn: Michele Endick. Make check payable to JCCNV with “5/15” on memo line