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…

Rochester organizations come together for Year of Douglass

By Jake Clapp Frederick Douglass lived in Rochester for 25 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…