Valentine's Day celebrations include Douglass' birthday

Updated: February 14, 2020 05:20 PM
Created: February 13, 2020 09:18 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Most people know that Feb. 14 is Valentine’s Day.

Rochestarians may also know that it is also Frederick Douglass' self-chosen birthday.


Douglass reportedly chose Feb. 14 because he fondly remembered his mother called him "her little valentine."

Throughout the day Friday, members of the community left gifts like wreaths, flowers and other tributes at the newly relocated Douglass monument in Highland Park. The monument is the first-ever erected in the nation to honor the achievements of African American citizens.

The monument remains in Highland Park, but is now in a more visible location at the corner of South Avenue and Robinson Drive.

Members of the public joined County Executive Adam Bello at 9:00 a.m. and Mayor Lovely Warren at 11:30 a.m. in laying wreaths, flowers and other tributes to Douglass.

"He's such an important part of the City of Rochester. He chose Rochester as his home, he's buried here and he did a lot of his work here," Mayor Lovely Warren said.

"Frederick Douglass left a legacy to inspire all of us to strive to be better and strive for inclusion of everyone in our community and so today is an important day to come and wish him a Happy Birthday," County Executive Adam Bello said.

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