Frederick Douglass returns to Washington Square Park

As seen in A Frederick Douglass statue and the naming of the Anna Murray-Douglass Academy, 13 replica statues similar to the iconic monument of Douglass in the Highland Bowl are being installed throughout Rochester.

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The first day of the statue. South Avenue, 7/19/18. From A Frederick Douglass statue and the naming of the Anna Murray-Douglass Academy

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Images from the Democrat and Chronicle at the 1895 unveiling of the Douglass Monument. From Frederick Douglass scrapbook, 1884-1905. Held at the Rochester Public Library. From A Frederick Douglass statue and the naming of the Anna Murray-Douglass Academy

Recently, another of Olivia Kim’s statues was placed in Washington Square Park. The image of Douglass near Abraham Lincoln at the Soldier’s and Sailor’s monument is powerful.

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Washington Square Park, 9/1/18

As seen in The Quasquicentennial of the unveiling of Abraham Lincoln atop the Soldier’s and Sailor’s Monument in Washington Square Park., on May 31, 1892, Douglass — and President Benjamin Harrison who appointed Douglass as U.S. minister resident and consul general to Haiti in 1889 — spoke at the opening ceremony.  No doubt Douglass looked with sadness at the martyred emancipator who had made Douglass a trusted advisor and heeded his call to arm black soldiers.  Two great figures in American history reunited, at least in spirit.

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A Frederick Douglass statue and the naming of the Anna Murray-Douglass Academy

The Quasquicentennial of the unveiling of Abraham Lincoln atop the Soldier’s and Sailor’s Monument in Washington Square Park.

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