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

Hillsdale & Frederick Douglass

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, October 26, 2019
1. Hillsdale & Frederick Douglass Marker
Inscription.  The "Freedmen's Bureau" acquired 375 acres of land that was originally a tobacco plantation from the Barry Family in the late 1800's. In 1867, the land was named Hillsdale by African Americans who came to Washington in great numbers before and during the Civil War. From there, a thriving community of formerly enslaved and free persons was established. The acreage was subdivided and sold, and the proceeds went to fund the start of Howard, Lincoln and Wilberforce Universities.

Frederick Douglass, an internationally known abolitionist, orator, writer and statesman, was very active and engaged in the affairs of this community. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement. In the 1870s, he broke the restrictive all-white land covenant that prohibited the sale of land and homes in Anacostia to African Americans by purchasing his prestigious home on Cedar Hill.
 
Erected by Tendani Mpulubusi El with assistance from students at Eastern and Ballou High Schools with support from The Kresge Foundation, 11th Street Bridge Park, BBAR, 8 Arts & Culture.
 
Location.
Hillsdale & Frederick Douglass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 26, 2019
2. Hillsdale & Frederick Douglass Marker
38° 52.316′ N, 76° 59.215′ W. Marker is in Anacostia Park, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Anacostia Drive 0.3 miles east of Good Hope Road Southeast, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1900 Anacostia Drive, 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. Flora & Fauna (approx. 0.2 miles away); Protecting the River's Watershed (approx. 0.3 miles away); Booth's Escape (approx. 0.3 miles away); Protecting Undersea Rescue and Salvage Techniques (approx. 0.3 miles away); Armaments & Aircraft (approx. 0.3 miles away); Providing Neighborhood Enrichment (approx. 0.4 miles away); Education Matters (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rose's Row (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anacostia Park.
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansEducationSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 26, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 26, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 26, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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