A Guide to the Life of Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass was one of the most important abolitionists in American history. He also was a close confidante to President Abraham Lincoln, prolific writer and orator, women's rights advocate, and influential politician. This guide offers a look at sites in Maryland and Washington, D.C. where he lived and worked while he was enslaved and free, as well as places that have been shaped by his words and actions.

  1. Photo By: Jack Breihan

    The Two Sisters Houses (Baltimore, Maryland)

    Douglass lived near these twin buildings, which housed free and enslaved African American ship caulkers during the 19th century. Douglass lived and worked in Fells Point as a slave during his young life.

  2. Photo By: Carson Bear

    Dr. Dodson Historic Home (St. Michaels, Maryland)

    It's easy to spot the seams separating the original (1799) and expanded (1872) sides of this historic bed-and-breakfast. It was once the home of one of Frederick Douglass' owners, Thomas Auld. Douglass returned to this place to reconcile with Auld later in life.

  3. Photo By: Craig Fildes/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (Washington, D.C.)

    Douglass lived in Anacostia at Cedar Hill for the last 17 years of his life. The legacy of this abolitionist, writer, adviser, statesman, and enslaved man is preserved at the site, which is open seven days a week for guided tours.

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