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Kelsey's Landing is a part of Rochester's Roots

February 13, 2018 06:12 AM

News10NBC celebrates Black History Month by honoring people and places that have paved the way for many in the Rochester area. 

Kelsey's Landing, built in 1844 in the Genesee River gorge was the first light of freedom for fleeing slaves.

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As one of last legs of Underground Railroad, many runaway slaves boarded cargo ships from here to Canada where slavery was illegal. In 1859 Frederick Douglass boarded a boat from Kelsey's landing to Canada to escape arrest.

Many historians believe Harriet Tubman also passed through here.

It was recognized by the National parks service in 2017.

Kelsey's Landing at Lower Falls is a part of Rochester's Roots.

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Kaci Jones

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