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DC Itinerary: Frederick Douglass' Washington in 1 Day

Frederick Douglass Site

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Admire the stunning views at Cedar Hill, the famous abolitionist's former residence
  • Grab a bite of Southern flavor at the Florida Avenue Grill near Howard University
  • Stop by the African American Civil War Memorial, then visit the Lincoln Memorial

Day 1

Morning

Take in history and stunning views at Cedar Hill. The residence of the slave-turned-abolitionist has been designated the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. The nearby Anacostia Community Museum hosts collections on black life and an exhibit on Negro League baseball.

Afternoon

Stroll "The Yard" at Howard University, where Frederick Douglass was a board member. Douglass Hall was dedicated to him. Grab a smothered Southern bite a few blocks nearby at the Florida Avenue Grill. It's served savory classics since 1944.

Evening

Be sure to stop by the African American Civil War Memorial, located amid the sights and sounds of historic U Street. Frederick Douglass and his descendants once owned the imposing houses located between 2000 and 2008 17th Street, NW. Conclude with a stop at Lincoln Memorial. The 16th president confided in Douglass and appointed him to federal posts.