National Park Service Invites Neighbors to the Frederick Douglass House for the Bicentennial Weekend, Highlights Possible Traffic

The National Park Service will be hosting a weekend of events at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site on February 17th and 18th to kick of the bicentennial year honoring 200 years of the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass “The Lion of Anacostia."

The Park Service invites residents from the Anacostia neighborhood and other nearby neighborhoods to join them for:

A weekend-long celebration [that] will feature a keynote address by Kenneth Morris, Douglass’ third great-grandson, award-winning author and historian David Blight and Leigh Fought, renowned historian and scholar. There will also be a temporary exhibit of seldom seen Douglass artifacts, including his Bible and cherished souvenirs from his international travels; living history characters dressed as Douglass; dramatic performances from skilled actors and student orators performing excerpts from Douglass’s acclaimed speeches; an exciting Jr. Ranger scavenger hunt with a limited edition bicentennial Jr. Ranger badge, and many more activities throughout the day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Park Service is distributing a letter that invites neighbors to attend the celebrate and highlight that the weekend may bring additional traffic to the neighborhood. 

For more information on the weekend event, and activities planned for the year, visit

If you have questions, please contact the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site at (202) 426-5961.

To view the letter from the NPS to residents, please click here