Join Jubilee Voices as they celebrate the 198th birthday of Frederick Douglass, the great orator, abolitionist, and statesman.
Hear music from the Civil War era from the Jubilee Voices, see demonstrations of a Civil War soldier’s life and weaponry, enjoy fun activities for kids, and learn more about the role of African American soldiers in the Civil War. Jubilee Voices will perform during the Opening Ceremonies, February 20, beginning at 10:30am. This program includes a keynote address by historian Dr. Leigh Fought (author of the forthcoming Frederick Douglass’s Women), music performed by Jubilee Voices and speech recitals by winners of the 2014 Oratorical Contest.
The National Park Service celebration takes place on February 19 and 20, 2016, with additional special programs and activities at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site and partnering locations throughout the historic Anacostia neighborhood (learn more on the National Park Service’s event page). The birthday celebration is one of the site’s annual signature events. This year’s event is based on the theme “Frederick Douglass and Family.” All programs and activities are free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.