Born a slave, escaped to freedom. Educated himself, became a scholar. Acted as a champion of freedom and equality for all, gained worldwide recognition for his efforts. Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) still is an inspiration. His Washington, D.C., home is open to the public and worth visiting.
Called Cedar Hill, the property is part of the National Park Service. Among other events there, his birthday is celebrated each February. This year, festivities on February 17 and 18 mark the 199th anniversary of his birth.
Really, any time of year is a good time to visit Cedar Hill. In addition to the history, you'll be treated to some of the best views of Washington, D.C.
Learn more about Douglass, from his perspective: Read his 1845 autobiography, A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.