Rochester's Roots: Kelsey's Landing

Created: February 24, 2021 10:43 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.

Kelsey's Landing was built in 1844 in the Genesee River Gorge. It was the first light of freedom for fleeing slaves. 

As one of the last legs of the Underground Railroad, many runaway slaves boarded cargo ships from Rochester to Canada, where slavery was illegal. 

In 1859, Frederick Douglass boarded a boat from Kelsey's Landing to Canada to escape an arrest. 

It was recognized by the National Parks Service in 2017, and now Upper Falls Maplewood Park is above the gorge.

Learn more about Rochester's Roots here.

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