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…