June 6, 2013 Final Years of Frederick Douglass Are Subject of Book Discussion
Famed Abolitionist Spent Last 18 Years of His Life in Anacostia
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The remarkable journey of Frederick Douglass from fugitive slave to famed orator and author is well-recorded. Yet little has been written about Douglass’s final years in Washington, D.C. Journalist John Muller explores how Douglass spent the last 18 years of his life, from both the professional and personal perspectives, in his new book, “Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia” (The History Press, 2012). Muller will discuss and sign his work on Thursday, June 20, at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater, located on the third floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. This Books & Beyond event is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. It is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.
The ever-active Douglass was involved in local politics, from aiding in the early formation of Howard University and editing a groundbreaking newspaper to serving as marshal of the District of Columbia. During this time, his wife of 44 years, Anna Murray, died, and 18 months later he married Helen Pitts, a white woman. Unapologetic about his controversial marriage, Douglass continued his unabashed advocacy for the rights of African Americans and women and his belief in American exceptionalism. Through meticulous research, much of which was conducted at the Library of Congress, Muller has created a fresh and intimate portrait of Douglass in his final years at his Anacostia home, “Cedar Hill.”
John Muller is a former metro reporter for The Washington Times and current contributor to Capital Community News and the Greater Greater Washington blog. His writing have appeared in Next American City, Washington History, The Washington Post, The Georgetowner, The Washington Informer and Suspense Magazine.
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