RIF: Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives moves in to downtown space

Emily Putnam
Created: October 22, 2020 07:36 AM

Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives has a new home in downtown Rochester. 

The abolitionist and anti-racist group was founded by direct decendants of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington in 2007. Its mission is "to build strong children and to end systems of exploitation and oppression," and now, it has a new headquaraters. 

The new space is located at 140 East Main Street. It's the former home of the Rochester Auto Museum, gifted to FDFI by CGI owner Bob Bartosiewicz. The group plans to use the space for community events, and to kick things off FDFI is facilitating the "Life in Portrait Contest" in partnership with Rochester Contemporary Art Center and Rochester Association of Black Journalists. 

The contest is a way to honor Frederick Douglass' wife and mother of their five children, Anna Murray Douglass, during the 2020 centennial of the 19th Amendment. It calls for student artists between the ages of 8-18 in Monroe County to imagine how she may have looked in portraits during three different stages of her life: aged 5-25, aged 26-45, and aged 46-69. Students are each eligible to submit one image of Anna. Cash prizes will be awarded to the best images. 

The contest runs through Friday, Nov. 20. Submissions will be displayed at the new space on East Main Street. To learn more about the contest, click here. 

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