Frederick Douglas Annual Oratorical Contest

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.

Every year, the National Park Service hosts an oratorical contest in the auditorium at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. All students in grades one to twelve are welcome to participate.

The goal of the contest is for students to experience the same transformative power of language that Frederick Douglass experienced as a young man. They welcome students from across the country to apply.

This year’s contest will be held on Dec. 6 and 7. Applications are due by Friday, Nov. 22, at 4 p.m. Read more at