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Original Site of Frederick Douglass Monument

 
 
Original Site of Frederick Douglass Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, October 22, 2012
1. Original Site of Frederick Douglass Monument Marker
Inscription. This plaque marks the original site of a statue erected to honor Frederick Douglass, a former slave who became a leading spokesman for the abolitionist movement. The statue dedicated in 1899 was the first in America to honor the accomplishments of an African-American statesman. The bronze statue was relocated in 1941 to a section of Highland Park now designated as Frederick Douglass Memorial Square where it remains today. On the 6th day of June, 1999 we celebrate the efforts of the dedicated committee who in 1899 were responsible for securing funds for the original monument.

The Douglass Monument Committee of 1885-1899
John W. Thompson, Chairman Mrs. R.J. Jeffery Henry A. Spencer, Secretary R.L. Kent, Assistant Secretary Hon. George A. Benton, Treasurer
Dedicated by the Friends of Frederick Douglass and the City of Rochester 1999
William A. Johnson, Jr., Mayor Loretta C. Scott, Commissioner PRHS

The Douglass Monument Committee of 1885-1899
Ex-Congressman H.S. Greenleaf Hon. Charles S. Baker Bishop Alexander Walters, D.D., N. T. Thomas Fortune, New York City Benjamin N. Simms E.S. Cunningham
 
Erected 1999 by Friends of Frederick Douglass and the City of Rochester.
 
Location.
Original Site of Frederick Douglass Monument Marker (continued) image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, October 22, 2012
2. Original Site of Frederick Douglass Monument Marker (continued)
43° 9.719′ N, 77° 36.627′ W. Marker is in Rochester, New York, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection of Saint Paul Street and Central Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Saint Paul Street. Click for map. Marker is not tough to see, but generally ignored due to volume of traffic and risk of accident if too much time is spent with eyes not on the road. Marker is in this post office area: Rochester NY 14605, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to the High Falls (approx. 0.2 miles away); On this site stood the Standard Brewing Company's main Brewery Building. (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Genesee Brew House Building (approx. mile away); Genesee River Gorge: 20,000 Years in the Making (approx. mile away); Genesee River Gorge: Centuries of Conflict in Pleasant Valley (approx. mile away); Schiller Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Morning of February 18, 1861 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pont de Rennes Pedestrian Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Rochester.
 
More about this marker. The monument is simply a pedestal on which plaques have been placed. This symbolizes the fact that the Douglass Statue used to reside here before being moved to Highland Park.
 
Regarding Original Site of Frederick Douglass Monument.
Original Site of Frederick Douglass Monument Marker (continued) image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, October 22, 2012
3. Original Site of Frederick Douglass Monument Marker (continued)
The new location of this marker is more appropriate, as it is less than 300 yards from Douglass' primary Rochester residence on South Avenue.
The re-siting of the marker is also appropriate, because when the statue was originally placed it faced south towards the center of the city (and the North Star office site). After the unveiling, supposedly friends commented that Douglass never would have approved of his statue facing south, so at the current location, he is facing north, as he (apparently) would have preferred.
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican Americans
 
Original Site of Frederick Douglass Monument Marker (continued) image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, October 22, 2012
4. Original Site of Frederick Douglass Monument Marker (continued)
Original Site of Frederick Douglass Monument Marker in situ image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, October 22, 2012
5. Original Site of Frederick Douglass Monument Marker in situ
1 of 3 quote tablets on the base of the Monument image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, May 6, 2012
6. 1 of 3 quote tablets on the base of the Monument
Original Site of Frederick Douglass Monument Marker as seen from the west image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, October 22, 2012
7. Original Site of Frederick Douglass Monument Marker as seen from the west
Original Site of Frederick Douglass Monument Marker as seen from the east image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, October 22, 2012
8. Original Site of Frederick Douglass Monument Marker as seen from the east
Current Site of Frederick Douglass Monument image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, May 6, 2012
9. Current Site of Frederick Douglass Monument
2 of 3 quote tablets on the base of the Monument image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, May 6, 2013
10. 2 of 3 quote tablets on the base of the Monument
3 of 3 quote tablets on the base of the Monument image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, May 6, 2012
11. 3 of 3 quote tablets on the base of the Monument
 
 
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