Juneteenth Challenge Grant

Donate by July 4th to Double Your Impact

Juneteenth is the perfect time to celebrate the Frederick Douglass Museum and Cultural Center.


Frederick Douglass was the country's first civil rights leader. His summer home in Highland Beach is a historic accomplishment for all African Americans.

With this challenge grant we are able to double your donation and move the museum forward with new exhibits and other enhancements. And while we have reached our goal, there is much work to do, we will continue to raise money to take advantage of this challenge grant.

Thank you for your support.


$100,000 Goal

 Total Raised and Pledged:



American Prophet: Frederick Douglass in His Own Words

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A World-Premiere Musical at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.

Douglass' own words power the soaring new melodies and original script. This daring and heart-stirring new play presents Douglass as a fierce abolitionist and distinguished orator, featuring key historical figures including, President Lincoln, activist John Brown, and Douglass' wife, Anna Murray-Douglass. 

Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, he also is the co-writer with Grammy

Award winner Marcus Hummon. Frederick Douglass is portrayed by Cornelius

Smith Jr. (ABC's Scandal, All My Children).

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Use the promo code FDMCC30 for a 30% discount on these dates only: 

Saturday, July 23rd at 8pm, Sunday, July 24th at 2pm

Friday, August 5th at 8pm, Saturday, August 6th at 2pm

Cornelius Smith Jr.

Call or go online for tickets.

Arena Stage: 202-488-3300, mention promo code: FDMCC30 or www.ArenaStage.org enter promo code: FDMCC30

Arena Stage

1101 Sixth Street SW

Washington, DC 20024

Welcome to the

frederick douglass     museum & Cultural center

Museum News

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Haley George Douglass was the grandson of Frederick Douglass, an educator, and the first mayor of Highland Beach, Maryland.

But, before he was mayor, he was part of a delegation that won incorporation of the town. In 1922 Highland Beach became the first Afircan American town in the state of Maryland.

From sports to civil rights, this man transformed lives.


He is known as "The Grandfather of Black Basketball."

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He also was an early political leader in Highland Beach and published author. Today, this man is finally getting the recognition he deserves. 


We are committed to promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of the life and work of Frederick Douglass and his family. In addition, the museum seeks to identify, document, and preserve the social and cultural histories of Highland Beach and Venice Beach.

Through dedicated all-volunteer teams of the board of directors and museum docents, we strive to make these resources available for information and research. Click here to Contact Us.


This summer community on the bay was founded in 1893 by Charles Remond Douglass, the youngest son of Frederick Douglass.

Its rich history is recalled by long-time residents. To see these videotaped "Porch Stories" and to learn more about the founding of Highland Beach and Venice Beach, Click Here.


The collection includes items from Frederick Douglass' estate, the Douglass family who enjoyed summers on the bay, and from families in Highland Beach and Venice Beach. See the Collection.



The FDMCC is currently videotaping a series of stories of life at "the Beach." Taped on the porches of the museum or the resident's home, these recollections from long-time citizens offer a unique view of two very special communities, Highland Beach and Venice Beach. 

FDMCC Porch Stories Introduction

FDMCC Porch Stories Introduction

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visiting the museum

The museum will re-open to the public in July.

To request a tour - email us at fdmcchb@gmail.com.

“We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.” 

-Frederick Douglass