WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 -- The National Association for Home Care and Hospice issued the following news release:
February 14 marks the 196th birthday of Frederick Douglass, notable statesman, orator, civil rights advocate, and former slave. To mark the occasion of his birth, NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris, who founded the Caring Institute and Frederick Douglass Museum, issued the following statement:
"Mr. Douglass is the quintessential personification of the American spirit," said Val J. Halamandaris. "This is evident in the way in which he transcended his birth as a slave, taught himself to read and write, and became one of America's greatest orators. His story is an inspiration to men and women around the world."
The Caring Institute, an affiliate of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, operates the Frederick Douglass Museum & Caring Hall of Fame, a historic building where Douglass lived from 1871 to 1878. Located in the heart of Capitol Hill, the museum was the famed statesman's first home in Washington, DC. Douglass embodied the spirit of caring, as the Caring Institute reminds the public every February when it celebrates his birth.
Many memorabilia of his life are located at the museum, now restored to its original splendor and reopened as a tribute to caring past and present. It is currently home to exhibits honoring its former occupant and the very special people of his spirit who have received a Caring Award. This honor is given each year to the world's most caring adults and young adults. Like Douglass, they're committed to doing the right thing on behalf of justice, equality, and human rights.
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