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Join ‘Douglass on Capitol Hill’ Walking Tour

Did you know that there’s so much to learn about Frederick Douglass right here on the Hill? Join a walking tour and you can hear the stories told in the very streets walked by the great orator, activist and writer.

The tour meets outside the Library of Congress at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, Saturday, Nov. 16 and 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20. Attendees will learn more about the history of Frederick Douglass and the Capitol Hill neighborhood from the era of the Civil War to the administration of Gilded Age presidents.

Learn about Frederick Douglass as a Washington City editor and correspondent of the New National Era, his relationships with Senators, Congressmen, Supreme Court Justices, diplomats, generals and suffragists and all about his admiration of William Shakespeare.

An actor portraying ‘Frederick Douglass’ speaks at a recreation of the 1876 dedication ceremony for the ‘Emancipation Memorial’ in Lincoln Park put on by the National Park Service April 15, 2018.

The tour will begin outside the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress (First Street at Independence Avenue SE). From there, it will visit places of interest, including the Capitol Hill home of Frederick Douglass, ending in Lincoln Park where in 1876 Douglass delivered a memorable address at the unveiling of the Freedman’s Memorial to Abraham Lincoln, which is still in the park today.

Questions and photography are encouraged throughout the walking tour.

The tour guide will be John Muller, author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia (2012) and Mark Twain in Washington, D.C.: The Adventures of a Capital Correspondent (2013). Muller has been a local reporter in Old Anacostia and adjacent communities for the past decade for a variety of print and online publications, including the Hill Rag.

Tickets range from $12.50 to 17.50 and can be purchased online on the EventBrite page.

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