Courtesy of the National Park Service.
In 1872 Douglass's home in Rochester, NY, burned under suspicion of arson. Having lost many important papers and wishing to make a new start, he moved his family to Washington, D.C., in 1878. This is a photograph of Cedar Hill, Douglass's home in the Uniontown section of Washington, where he lived with his family from 1878 until his death in 1895. Douglass wrote many of his post-Reconstruction speeches and articles in his study at Cedar Hill, as well as his third autobiography, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass. After his death the house was purchased, preserved, and opened to the public by the Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historic Association and by the National Association of Colored Women. Today it is a National Historic Site that houses Douglass's library and is furnished much as it was in his lifetime, with some of his personal belongings and with items from his public life.