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Rochester's Roots: Anna Murray Douglass

February 19, 2019 09:45 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- Anna Murray Douglass helped make the work of her husband, abolitionist Frederick Douglass, possible.

The daughter of enslaved parents, Murray Douglass was born free in the 1800s in Maryland. She met Frederick Douglass in 1838 and helped him escape slavery.

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After the two made their way to Rochester, Murray Douglass established a headquarters for the underground railroad from their home. She also helped support the family financially.

To honor her legacy, Rochester school officials re-named School 12 the Anna Murray Douglass Academy last year

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