Rochester's Roots: Frederick Douglass

Updated: February 14, 2020 11:02 AM
Created: February 12, 2020 11:44 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Born into slavery with a great escape. Frederick Douglass, the famous abolitionist and writer, moved to the Flower City in 1843 after fleeing Maryland. 

He created an anti-slavery newspaper, "The North Star," in Rochester. There is a historic marker at the site of his first home in Rochester on Alexander Street. There are 13 additional Frederick Douglass statues up across the area. 


After seven decades in a quiet corner, his original statue now sits closer to the road along South Avenue at Highland Park. 

Last year, the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives moved from Atlanta to Rochester to continue his legacy, which is still inspirational today.

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