ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Rochester’s monument to honor Frederick Douglass has a new home as of Wednesday night.
Monroe County and the City of Rochester held a lighting ceremony and ribbon-cutting for the Frederick Douglass Memorial Plaza, newly built in Highland Park.
It features the 120-year-old statue of Douglass, which was moved from its former location at the park, to a site that’s more visible to the public.
Douglass was a former slave who went on to lead the abolitionist movement. He lived in Rochester from 1847 to 1872.
“Yet, Mr. Douglass, we vow tonight that we will continue to struggle until we make progress. Mr. Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey Douglass, tonight we are here to cut the ribbon, opening this memorial plaza, and light up the statue in your likeness,” said Julius D. Jackson Jr. of the Trinity Emmanuel Presbyterian Church.
The 8’2″ bronze monument of Douglass was erected on 1899.
It’s the first civic monument in the country to honor an African American man. The newly built memorial plaza is located at South Avenue and Robinson Drive.