Frederick Douglass returns to Washington Square Park

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.

SEE ALSO 

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.

Discovering Frederick Douglass

121 years ago when the Rochester press condemned the Wilmington, North Carolina race riots. And the Douglass Monument

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