On April 22, 2019, HOPE Crew (Hands-On Preservation Experience) began a preservation training at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The previous week, the five-person youth corps had their initial orientation and training at Fort Washington, and they will continue their work at Folger Park, Marshall Hall, and Harmony Hall through the beginning of May 2019.
The project will continue through the beginning of May, in partnership with Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) and the National Park Service. The corps was organized by LAYC, which works to empower diverse young men and women through multicultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs like HOPE Crew.
The work at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (also known as Cedar Hill) includes maintaining the home's cultural landscape and viewshed. This former home of America's most renowned abolitionist has been a place of inspiration for over a century. In 1917, the National Association of Colored Women launched a national campaign to save the Douglass' home and inaugurated the black preservation movement.
Following the viewshed restoration at Cedar Hill, the corps will begin work at Folger Park in Washington's Capitol Hill neighborhood.