Rochester's Roots: Anna Murray-Douglass

Created: February 26, 2021 09:26 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — News10NBC celebrates Black History Month by honoring the people and places that have paved the way for many in the Rochester area.

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 Douglass in 1838 and helped him escape slavery. 

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 No. 12 the Anna Murray-Douglass Academy.

Learn more about Rochester's Roots here.

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