Rochester in Monroe County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Erected 1984 by City of Rochester.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans.
Location. 43° 10.94′ N, 77° 37.79′ W. Marker is in Rochester, New York, in Monroe County. Marker can be reached from Maplewood Park near Driving Park Avenue. This marker is just east of the parking lot in Maplewood Park. It is located about 20 feet from the Casconchiagon marker (see photos). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rochester NY 14613, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Casconchiagon (here, next to this marker); Samuel Torres (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Samuel Torres (approx. 1.2 miles away); King's Landing 1796 (approx. 1.2 miles away); Genesee River Gorge: Industrial & Urban Development (approx. 1.2 miles away); Genesee River Gorge: Geology (approx. 1.2 miles away); King's Landing (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Genesee Brew House Building (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rochester.
More about this marker. Given the topography of the area, the landing was located many many feet down in the gorge. Fortunately, viewing the marker does not require going down into the Genesee River gorge.
Regarding Kelsey's Landing. Kelsey's Landing has an important place in Underground Railroad history. While there is no way to know how many slaves gained their freedom via this route, three specific slaves did. The men who escaped in the chaos of the Christiana "Riot" reached Rochester and the home of Frederick Douglass. He led them to the Landing where one of the men gave him a gun used in the Riot in gratitude. Unfortunately, the gun was likely lost in the 1872 fire that destroyed Douglass' home, precipitating his move to Baltimore.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Christiana Riot Markers
Credits. This page was last revised on July 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 8, 2012, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. This page has been viewed 598 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 8, 2012, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.