Author O'Keefe discusses Frederick & Anna Douglass book


Published 02/21 2014 12:57PM

Updated 02/21 2014 01:07PM

Rochester author Rose O'Keefe discussed her new book "Frederick & Anna Douglass in Rochester, New York" Friday on News 8 at Noon.

The book was released in November of 2013 and is a timely read during February's Black History Month.

O'Keefe was inspired to write the book after observing her children make the snowy trek to school in Rochester, and pondering if the Douglass children had similar experiences.  It was researched over a period of several years and is filled with local anecdotes about the Douglass' time in Rochester.

Douglass and his wife lived in Rochester from 1847 to 1872.  They raised five children during a turbulent period in the nation's history.  The book is subtitled "Their Home Was Open to All" and reflects the Douglass' critical role in helping runaway slaves escape to Canada as part of the Underground Railroad.

O'Keefe has done book signings at local Barnes & Noble stores, where "Frederick & Anna Douglass in Rochester, New York" is available.  You can also order it online, click here.

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