Monroe County Legislature votes to rename Rochester airport after Frederick Douglass

Updated: August 11, 2020 11:13 PM
Created: August 11, 2020 08:25 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Monroe County Legislature Tuesday night voted to rename the Greater Rochester International Airport in honor of Frederick Douglass.

The new name will be “Frederick Douglass – Greater Rochester International Airport.”


The decision does not need to be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to be final, but the agency does need to be notified, and the airport must file paperwork to report the change on the FAA airport certificate.

Legislators Vincent R. Felder and Karla M. Boyce released the following statement on the decision:

“We are proud that this landmark legislation passed with such overwhelming support. Honoring Frederick Douglass, one of Monroe County’s most influential residents, in renaming the Airport is something that our community can take great pride in. While taking this action to change the Airport’s name to the ‘Frederick Douglass – Greater Rochester International Airport’ is something that has been discussed over the years, we feel fortunate to have been a part of this historic action.”

“Each time residents and visitors arrive to our airport, they will be reminded of Douglass’s life and legacy of fighting oppression. Our remembrance through the Airport renaming serves as recognition of our past and a promise of the work our community will do to make Monroe County a welcoming place for all.”

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