Hillsdale & Frederick Douglass

Hillsdale & Frederick Douglass (HM2M8Q)

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N 38° 52.316', W 76° 59.215'

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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.
HM NumberHM2M8Q
Placed ByThe Kresge Foundation, 11th Street Bridge Park, BBAR, 8 Arts & Culture
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Date Added Saturday, October 26th, 2019 at 8:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 327632 N 4304441
Decimal Degrees38.87193333, -76.98691667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 52.316', W 76° 59.215'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 52' 18.96" N, 76° 59' 12.9" W
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