Volunteers needed for Frederick Douglass birthday celebration


View Photo Gallery: It’s easy to be in awe of Frederick Douglass: He escaped slavery at age 20 and quickly became a leader of the abolitionist movement. Yet a visit to his home makes the historic figure more approachable. — Kris Coronado

Famed orator Frederick Douglass was born 194 years ago Saturday, and volunteers are needed to help organize a celebration for the man who escaped slavery at age 20 and became a leader of the abolitionist movement.

Congress Heights on the Rise reports that event organizers need people to help make sure the event, which will be hosted at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, is a success. The program, which includes a reading of Douglass’s speeches, begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Call the park at 202- 426-5961 for more information, or visit the Friends of the Frederick Douglass National Historical Site Facebook page.

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