African American Poetry (1870-1928): A Digital Anthology

Josephine T. Washington, "Cedar Hill Saved" (1919)

Published in The Crisis, February 1919

"Dedicated to the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs" 

Above Potomac's rhythmic flow,
   To Cedar Hill I go;
   Its charm o'er sense and spirit steals,
And as of yore appeals
In cadence sweet and low.

Once lived the hero of his race,
Within this sacred place;
   The magic of his presence still
   The old home seems to fill,
And mem'ry paints his face. 

Far-fame d the spot where Douglass dwelt,
Here pilgrims oft have knelt
   In homage to his noble fame,
   With blessings on his name,
And gratitude heart-felt. 

And now before a double shrine,
In praises we combine
   With Douglass, great and wise and good,
   Devoted womanhood—
'Round both our garlands twine .

In union strong throughout the land,
A consecrated band,
   A service measureless they wrought
   When Cedar Hill they bought
And saved from alien hand.

Fear not, faint not, O sable race!
The truth naught can efface
   Is writ on ev'ry passing breeze;
   With women such as these
Our fight is won a-pace.

(Josephine T. Washington, “Cedar Hill Saved” in The Crisis, February 1919)

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