I made a trip across the river to Cedar Hill, the home of Frederick Douglass from 1877 until his death in 1895. Douglass, a well-known former slave and abolitionist, was one of the most eloquent voices calling for the emancipation of enslaved African American before and during the Civil War. He also fought for equality and equal pay for African American Union Troops during the Civil war.
While best know for fighting slavery, he went on to champion other causes including fighting lynching in the post-civil war south and championing women’s suffrage. A number of Douglass’ quotes were displayed in the visitor’s center including this one which seems prescient as we near the end of 2017. “The American people have this lesson to learn: that where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced,m where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither person or property will be safe.”