The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington D.C. is dedicated to preserving the legacy of this famous 19th century African American. Douglass was born into slavery in Maryland in 1818, named Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey. Twenty years later he made his escape to freedom, after working as a ship’s caulker in Baltimore. He lectured throughout the U.S. and England, speaking eloquently on the brutality and immorality of slavery. As a stationmaster on the Underground Railroad, Douglass helped hundreds of other slaves escape to freedom through Rochester, NY, where he lived. The only way to get inside Frederick Douglass's historic house is to be on a guided tour. Rangers guide interpretive tours of the house every day at the scheduled times listed below. Tours cover the first and second floors of the house, and they last about 30 minutes. Tickets must be picked up at the visitor center before the tour time.