February 06, 2019 07:57 AM
News10NBC celebrates Black History Month by honoring people and places that have paved the way for many in the Rochester area.
A parking lot now sits where Corinthian Hall, a pillar for anti-slavery speeches, once stood. In July of 1852, at least 500 people poured in to hear Frederick Douglass' famous oration “What is the Fourth of July to the Slave.”
Corinthian Hall later became the site of the 1853 National Colored Convention; a group focused on the eradication of slavery.
Corinthian Hall's owner eventually stopped renting to abolitionists because New York state feared it could spark a violent protest.
The building burned down in 1899. It was turned into a theater that closed in 1929; now the sacred spot is a parking lot.
Updated: February 06, 2019 07:57 AM
Created: February 09, 2018 05:03 AM
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