LEROY, N.Y. (WROC) — A local church is taking a major step in commemorating its village’s historic past.
A new anti-slavery marker now stands in front of the First Presbyterian Church of Leroy on Clay Street. It was at this church that Frederick Douglass gave a public lecture in 1847. Reverend James Evinger said research into the church’s history began last year.
“I think what it reflects is the conviction and the courage of the people of this community and of this congregation,” the Reverend said, “to stand up for God given human dignity and freedom.”
Fundraising for the project was raised by the Town Historian Lynne Belluscio. The Church is planning to hold a formal dedication ceremony when gatherings are allowed.