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Douglass in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Memorial Grove (1841-1895)

Douglass Community Center

 
 
Memorial Grove (1841-1895) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, February 10, 2019
1. Memorial Grove (1841-1895) Marker
Inscription.  
From his 1841 speech at a Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society convention, until 1895 when he died suddenly at his Cedar Hill home in Washington, D.C., Frederick Douglass championed human rights. This memorial grove of scarlet oaks represent the District of Columbia, and honors where Frederick Douglass lived his last days.

"The general sentiment of mankind is that a man who will not fight for himself when he has the means of doing so, is not worth being fought for by others, and this sentiment is just. For a man who does not value freedom for himself will never value it for others, or put himself to any inconvenience to gain it for others."

(1857) Frederick Douglass, "If There Is No Struggle, There Is No Progress", Speech delivered at the twenty-third anniversary of West India Emancipation at Canandaigua, New York

 
Erected by DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR).
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansCivil Rights. A significant historical year for this entry is 1841.
 
Location.
Memorial Grove (1841-1895) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, February 10, 2019
2. Memorial Grove (1841-1895) Marker
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38° 51.156′ N, 76° 58.682′ W. Marker is in Douglass in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker can be reached from Frederick Douglass Court Southeast north of Bruce Place Southeast. On the grounds of Douglass Community Center. Touch 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. Freedom Grove (1838) (within shouting distance of this marker); Escape Allée (1838) (within shouting distance of this marker); Activist Grove (1833-1845) (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 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); Frederick Douglass's Rustic Retreat (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Douglass.
 
Mural near the marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, February 10, 2019
3. Mural near the marker
Additional nearby mural image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, February 10, 2019
4. Additional nearby mural
 
 
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 86 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 10, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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