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Cedar Hill, once home to famed abolistionist Frederick Douglass overlooks the Anacostia River towards the U.S. Capitol. Visitors are welcome to join a 30-minute tour of the historic home led by the National Park Service. Free tickets are required and can

Pictured: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

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Civil War to Civil Rights

Explore DC’s powerful position in the Civil War and its unique role in the civil rights movement with “Civil War to Civil Rights,” a four-year, citywide commemoration featuring museum exhibitions and cultural events all examining the District’s role in these important historical eras.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Fort Stevens, located at 13th and Quackenbos St. NW, was one of many forts built to fortify DC during the Civil War. In 1864, it was the site of a battle where President Lincoln briefly came under fire.
The Washington area played a major role in the Civil War. Explore these historic battle sites.
Nighttime is a popular time to see Washington’s monuments and memorials. The white stones gleam against the dark sky, and visitors can take advantage of the relative quiet to contemplate lessons of history and leadership.
Dive into DC's Civil War and Civil Rights history with this itinerary.
View this powerful exhibit at the National Museum for Women in the Arts.
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