Rochester's Roots: Why Corinthian Hall is important to our history

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.”

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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.


Kaci Jones

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