I'll be honest, before touring Fredrick Douglass' house as part of my #dcfarewelltour, I didn't know a lot about the man. He was quite an incredible and successful individual who accomplished more than most of us would in two lifetimes.
Here are five interesting facts that I learned:
- Frederick Douglass had no formal education and not only taught himself to read and write, he later learned French and German.
- As an escaped slave Frederick Douglass was chased by US Marshalls. He later became the first black US Marshall.
- Anacostia, the iconic African-American community in Washington DC where Frederick Douglass lived, was founded as Uniontown. The developer of Uniontown explicitly excluded blacks and Irish immigrants from living there in the property deeds.
- Frederick Douglass served as ambassador to Haiti.
- Douglass not only fought to end slavery, he worked alongside Susan B. Anthony in the struggle for women's suffrage.