18Feb 199th Anniversary of Frederick Douglass’s Birth

Celebrate the 199th anniversary of Frederick Douglass’s birth with the National Park Service and its community partners

2711398_f520Anacostia Arts Center  1231 Good Hope Road SE  Washington DC 20020


Historic Photography Demonstrations
Noon – 4:00 pm
Frederick Douglass was the most photographed American of the 1800s. Learn about how photos were taken back then and maybe even sit for a portrait! Demonstrations by Rob Gibson, Gibson Photographic Gallery.

Douglass and Shakespeare
Two Shows: 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm
Actor Darius Wallace portrays Frederick Douglass in this original one-act performance that reveals how Douglass was inspired by the works of William Shakespeare.

Douglass’s Love for Art
1:00 – 1:45 pm
Frederick Douglass used visual art as a political tool. Learn about his favorite artwork and the relationship between nineteenth-century art and reform movements. Lecture by Sarah Cash, Associate Curator, National Gallery of Art, and Dr. Ka’mal McClarin, Museum Curator, National Park Service.

“I am the Painter”: Frederick Douglass and a Life of Art-Making
2:00 – 2:45 pm
For Frederick Douglass, art-making was a radical statement of equality. Dr. Celeste-Marie Bernier, The University of Edinburgh, co-author of Picturing Frederick Douglass, gives a special presentation on the ways in which Douglass maintained control of his image through photographs, portraits, drawings, and sculpture.

Grow-Your-Own-Food Workshop
2:00 – 2:45 pm
Frederick Douglass grew all kinds of fruits and vegetables on the grounds of his 15-acre Cedar Hill estate. Steve Coleman from Washington Parks & People will teach you the skills to grow and maintain your own urban garden.

Dance Like Douglass: African-American Dance and Culture
3:00 – 3:45 pm
Frederick Douglass was known to cut a mean “pigeon wing.” Join Dr. Tamara L. Brown and dancers from Bowie State University to learn African-American dance traditions from the 1800s to today.

The Douglass Kitchen: African-American Culinary Traditions
3:00 – 3:45 pm
Learn about Frederick Douglass’s culinary life during his early years and under the roof of Cedar Hill. Presentation by Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson, University of Maryland-College Park.