The FDMHA Mission

The trustees and members of the board of directors of the Frederick Douglass Memorial & Historical Association have been dedicated to and engaged in preserving to posterity the life and character of Frederick Douglass.

The organization strives to:

  • Collect and preserve historical records of the antislavery movement in the United States.
  • Ensure that the Frederick Douglass home, Cedar Hill, is maintained as a national historic site and improved through cooperative efforts with the National Park Service; and
  • Initiate and support programs that perpetuate the legacy of Frederick Douglass.

FDMHA supports oratorical contests for students in public schools in Washington D.C. and Rochester, New York, to perpetuate Mr. Douglass’ reputation as an outstanding orator. Also, scholarships are provided to college-bound students, and financial contributions have been made by FDMHA to groups and programs that benefit children and youth.