2017 SILVER Proof "Frederick Douglas" National Historic Site Quarter - District Of Columbia
The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site was established in 1962 to preserve the home and legacy of Frederick Douglass, abolitionist, civil rights advocate, author, and statesman. Douglass lived in this home from 1877 until his death in 1895.
Frederick Douglass was born into slavery on a plantation on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 1818. By fifteen, he was a literate, independent teenager who educated other slaves. In 1838, he disguised himself as a sailor and boarded a train to New York City, where he declared himself a free man.
Douglass turned his efforts to helping those still enslaved. An impressive orator, he traveled across the North speaking against slavery.
During the Civil War Douglass recruited African Americans to fight in the Union Army. He continued to write and speak against slavery. He met with Abraham Lincoln to advocate for African American troops and encouraged Lincoln to see the war as a chance to transform the country. He continued to work to expand civil rights in the country until his death.