6/26/20, Mt. Hope Cemetery. Nancy O’Donnell Hale at the gravesite of Nathaniel Rochester [Photo: David Kramer] From If Nathaniel must stay, add Ned to South Wedge Monument to City Founder by Nancy O’Donnell Hale
I first met Nancy O’Donnell Hale, editor of The Wedge, on June 26th in Mount Hope Cemetery where we visited the gravesite of Nathaniel Rochester.
Earlier in the day, Nancy and I discussed a piece she wanted to write on a possible addition to or replacement for the statue of Rochester in Nathaniel Square on Alexander Street in the South Wedge. I could tell Nancy had the right journalistic stuff when she agreed to meet at the grave within the hour.
The photo of Nancy in Mt. Hope — demonstrating her seriousness of purpose on the issue — became part of If Nathaniel must stay, add Ned to South Wedge Monument to City Founder by Nancy O’Donnell Hale. Nancy makes a persuasive case that a statue of Ned, a slave owned and freed by Rochester, should be added to Nathaniel Square park.
In the current edition of The Wedge, in “Defaced, erased, should statue be replaced?” (The Wedge, August/September 2020), Nancy describes her visit to Nathaniel Square and elaborates on what steps have been taken to further community discussion, including a letter written by South Wedge Planning Committee board chair Frank Logan to Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren asking that the statue be removed.