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OLD ANACOSTIA & HILLSDALE, AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE TRAIL
Old Anacostia, also known as Uniontown, began as a white suburb in 1854, and Frederick Douglass was among the first African American residents, arriving in 1877. Nearby Hillsdale was founded after the Civil War as Barry Farm, a community for newly freed African Americans. These two were the first major settlements in Southeast Washington. Old Anacostia today is a historic district.