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…

Rochester organizations come together for Year of Douglass

Frederick Douglass lived in Rochester for nearly 30 years, and during his lifetime, the abolitionist, social reformer, speaker, and writer was a prominent figure in American political action and had important discussions about race and slavery with President Lincoln. For much of the recent past, however, there’s been a disconnect in what the larger Rochester…

North Star Players celebrates Frederick Douglass’s legacy through multimedia production

Two hundred years have passed since trailblazing abolitionist and famous Rochesterian Frederick Douglass was born. And while his bicentennial is cause for celebration, it’s also a sobering reminder: It’s 2018 and mass incarceration of African Americans and police brutality are still national maladies; civil rights advocates from Black Lives Matter to professional athletes are still…

‘The Agitators’ explores the friendship of Fred and Sue

Outside the Susan B. Anthony House on Madison Street, there’s a life-size statue created by Pepsy Kettavong depicting Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony having tea. The two were only a few years apart in age and, in true Rochester fashion, of course they knew one another. Through November 12, Geva Theatre Center is staging…

LECTURE | ‘Frederick Douglass and His Photographic Legacy’

With around 160 separate images, Frederick Douglass was the most photographed American of the 19th century. The great abolitionist saw the medium as an incredibly useful tool: Photography was a way to ensure true depictions of African-Americans; it was a way to directly combat racist caricatures and showcase the dignity and humanity of people of…

Area will celebrate Douglass’s 200th

Local governments and numerous Rochester arts organizations are planning a year’s worth of events to commemorate Frederick Douglass’s 200th birthday. The former slave, abolitionist, writer, and orator – who chose February 14 as his birthday – lived in Rochester from 1843 to 1872 and published his newspaper, The North Star, here. The City of Rochester…