Douglass statues coming to Rochester streets

By Jake Clapp Frederick Douglass lived and worked in Rochester for 25 years, walking the streets, frequenting local businesses, and talking with neighbors. The fact of his presence will always be a part of Rochester, and now a set of life-sized statues will bring his physical representation to contemporary city streets. The statues, and an…

Lifting Hands

The power of the Black Church on American history and today’s families   BY TIANNA MAÑÓN AND MICHELE ASHLEE PHOTOS BY MICHELE ASHLEE The church has long been a pillar of the black community. Certainly, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. heavily relied on it to organize people and spread his message. It was also critical…

The inheritance of freedom

Reflecting on Douglass’s “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” speech [ COMMENTARY ] By Vanessa J. Cheeks Frederick Douglass, on July 5, 1852, took to the stage at Rochester’s Corinthian Hall to deliver a speech to the Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society. He had been invited to commemorate the country’s 76th year of independence….

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…