Freedom paths

Upstate New York was an important part of the Underground Railroad. Connect with that history this summer By Jake Clapp In his third autobiography, Frederick Douglass reflected on his anti-slavery work while living in Rochester: Along with speaking and writing against slavery, Douglass wrote in “Life and Times of Frederick Douglass,” one important action “must…

SPECIAL EVENT | Frederick Douglass Freedom Festival

By Jake Clapp The Friends of Frederick Douglass has for 50 years held this continuous summer event, commemorating Douglass’s life and inspiring others to use his legacy today. But it builds on a history that goes back to the mid-1890’s. When news of Douglass’s death in 1895 reached Rochester, John W. Thompson led the charge…

Rochester takes part in One Million Abolitionists project

By Tianna Mañón Kenneth Morris Jr. is well on his way to creating one million abolitionists. The descendant of Frederick Douglass is in Rochester this week, and during an event Tuesday he gave away more than two dozen copies of his great-great-great-grandfather’s first autobiography, “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.” Morris, who is also…

Douglass descendant wants to create one million abolitionists

By Jake Clapp Kenneth Morris Jr. will discuss the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives’ One Million Abolitionists project on Thursday, April 5, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester. The event begins at 5 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Information: 276-5744; sas.rochester.edu/aas.   Kenneth Morris Jr. carries a…

ASKOM: Was Frederick Douglass a Republican?

This post first appeared on Open Mic Rochester as part of its ASKOM series By Tianna Mañón ASKOM: Was Frederick Douglass a Republican? This is a popular question that comes up again and again as the City of Rochester celebrates Frederick Douglass’ bicentennial year. Open Mic partnered with CITY for a year’s worth of content and…

The great women in Frederick Douglass’s life

By Vanessa Cheeks and Rebecca Rafferty We’ve all heard that old adage: Behind every great man there’s a great woman. In some cases, it’s many women bolstering the great man, whether they are mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, colleagues, or friends — and throughout history few of them have been properly credited for their roles. This…

Douglass’s Rochester

Rochester likes to claim Frederick Douglass as its own. Is the community living up to his legacy? First in a year-long quarterly series on Frederick Douglass and the issues he championed, produced by Open Mic Rochester and CITY Newspaper. Both publications will also have related articles throughout the year. By Tianna Mañón and Jake Clapp…

MAP: Significant Douglass locations throughout Rochester

Frederick Douglass the great abolitionist, suffragist, newspaper publisher, Underground Railroad conductor, lecturer, and statesman, walked the streets of Rochester from 1847 to 1872. This Google Map will be updated throughout 2018 to mark significant locations in Douglass’s Rochester.

What will we accomplish in our Year of Douglass?

By Mary Anna Towler What would Frederick Douglass say if he were living in Rochester today, publishing his newspaper, making speeches, pushing for change? We might want to think about that this year as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the date Douglass picked as his birth date. A broad coalition of people and organizations…

Reading Douglass

Works by Douglass “A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave” (1845) “My Bondage and My Freedom” (1855) “Life and Times of Frederick Douglass” (1881, revised 1892) “The Heroic Slave,” a novella (1852) “The Portable Frederick Douglass,” a collection edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and John Stauffer (All works available through…