Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Frederick Douglass Birthday Celebration

February 17, 2017 - February 18, 2017

Celebrate the 199th anniversary of Frederick Douglass’s birth with the National Park Service and its community partners on Friday, February 17, and Saturday, February 18!
See the full schedule of events here.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Kick-Off Party with Nucleus

7:00 pm
Get down in celebration of Frederick Douglass’s birth with a live band! Nucleus will perform. Douglass loved music – he sang, danced, and played violin with his guests at Cedar Hill.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Historic Photography Demonstrations
Noon – 4:00 pm

Frederick Douglass was the most photographed American of the 1800s. Learn about how photos were taken back then and maybe even sit for a portrait! Demonstrations by Rob Gibson, Gibson Photographic Gallery.

Douglass and Shakespeare
Two Shows: 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm

Actor Darius Wallace portrays Frederick Douglass in this original one-act performance that reveals how Douglass was inspired by the works of William Shakespeare.

Douglass’s Love for Art
1:00 – 1:45 pm

Frederick Douglass used visual art as a political tool. Learn about his favorite artwork and the relationship between nineteenth-century art and reform movements. Lecture by Sarah Cash, Associate Curator, National Gallery of Art, and Dr. Ka’mal McClarin, Museum Curator, National Park Service.

“I am the Painter”: Frederick Douglass and a Life of Art-Making
2:00 – 2:45 pm

For Frederick Douglass, art-making was a radical statement of equality. Dr. Celeste-Marie Bernier, The University of Edinburgh, co-author of Picturing Frederick Douglass, gives a special presentation on the ways in which Douglass maintained control of his image through photographs, portraits, drawings, and sculpture.

Grow-Your-Own-Food Workshop
2:00 – 2:45 pm

Frederick Douglass grew all kinds of fruits and vegetables on the grounds of his 15-acre Cedar Hill estate. Steve Coleman from Washington Parks & People will teach you the skills to grow and maintain your own urban garden.

Dance Like Douglass: African-American Dance and Culture
3:00 – 3:45 pm

Frederick Douglass was known to cut a mean “pigeon wing.” Join Dr. Tamara L. Brown and dancers from Bowie State University to learn African-American dance traditions from the 1800s to today.

The Douglass Kitchen: African-American Culinary Traditions
3:00 – 3:45 pm

Learn about Frederick Douglass’s culinary life during his early years and under the roof of Cedar Hill. Presentation by Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson, University of Maryland-College Park.


February 17, 2017
February 18, 2017


Frederick Douglass National Historic Site


Anacostia Arts Center
1231 Good Hope Road, SE
Washington, DC , DC 20020 United States
+ Google Map

Find All The Arts in Metro DC at CULTURECAPITAL.COM - Your link to the Arts in Metro DC.