Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Quarter
In 2017, the second quarter released from the US Mint will be the 2017 Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Quarter. This strike will be the thirty-seventh of a series of 56 quarters released overall, as part of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.
The program itself debuted in 2010 and features five new strikes released annually as part of it. Each strike honors a different site of national interest from around the United States and its territories (also including the District of Columbia). Coins are released in the order in which the honored sites came under the direct control of the federal government. Included in the honored sites are national parks, national forests, national monuments, national wildlife refuges, etc. These sites are depicted on the reverse of the quarter dollar with a design emblematic of that location.
These Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Quarters may be obtained in general circulation following their release and dependent upon the needs of your local banking institutions to order new quarters through the Federal Reserve System. The coins may also be obtained directly from the US Mint for a premium above their face value. See Where to Get National Park Quarters page for more information.
Before the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Quarter is released in 2017, the Effigy Mounds National Monument Quarter will be available. Following the 2017 Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Quarter will be the Ozark National Scenic Riverways Quarter, Ellis Island National Monument Quarter, and the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park Quarter.
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site information
The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site is located in Washington D.C. at the house where he used to develop his ideas on equality. While he once was a slave, he promoted equality for all, including women.
Douglas learned to read and write at a young age, and thanks to this knowledge it led him to question his life as a slave. Eventually he was able to free himself and move to New York.
Frederick Douglas named his house in D.C. Cedar Hill, which is where tourists will get a chance to visit. However, due to the small size of the house, tours are by ticket only. Cedar Hill was finally handed over to the government to be restored in 1962. Once the restoration was complete, the site was opened to the public for tours.