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…

‘The Agitators’ explores the friendship of Fred and Sue

By Leah Stacy 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…

LECTURE | ‘Frederick Douglass and His Photographic Legacy’

By Jake Clapp 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…

Area will celebrate Douglass’s 200th

By Jake Clapp 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…