Douglass in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Escape Allée (1838)
Douglass Community Center
Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey fled enslavement in Maryland on September 3, 1838. His escape route included travel by train, ferry, and steamboat through Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New York. Each tree in Escape Allée represents one of these four states on Bailey's trek to freedom, after which he adopted the name Frederick Douglass, renowned in his day and revered by posterity.
"Too look at the map and observe the proximity of Eastern Shore, Maryland, to Delaware and Pennsylvania, it may seem to the reader quite absurd to regard the proposed escape as a formidable undertaking...The real distance was great enough, but the imagined was, to our ignorance, much greater."
(1855) Frederick Douglass, My Bondage my Freedom, "The Run-Away Plot"
Erected by DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR).
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans. A significant historical date for this entry is September 3, 1838.
Location. 38° 51.14′ N, 76° 58.64′ W. Marker is in DouglassTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1922 Frederick Douglass Court Southeast, Washington DC 20020, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Memorial Grove (1841-1895) (within shouting distance of this marker); Activist Grove (1833-1845) (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Freedom Grove (1838) (about 400 feet away); Thurgood Marshall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Battery Ricketts (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Stanton (approx. half a mile away); Original Federal Boundary Stone, District of Columbia, Southeast 5 (approx. ¾ mile away in Maryland); Original Federal Boundary Stone, District of Columbia, Southeast 4 (approx. 0.8 miles away in Maryland). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Douglass.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 10, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 81 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 10, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.