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Rochester: Center of Freedom

Isaac and Amy Post home - stop on the Underground Railroad

 
 
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By Yugoboy, September 13, 2012
1. Rochester: Center of Freedom Marker
Inscription. This site later became the home of the Hochstein School of Music
Amy and Isaac Post personified the dedication to temperance, abolition of slavery and women's rights that distinguished Rochester as a center of freedom in America.
Hicksite Quakers Amy (1802-1889) and Isaac (1798-1872) Post lived on this site from the 1840s to 1889 when Amy died. As conductors on the Underground Railroad, they personally assisted scored of fugitives from slavery including as many as 15 on one occasion. Isaac Post's apothecary was on Exchange Street near Buffalo Street (Main) in the midst of Abolitionist activity in the city. Impatient with the hesitant involvement of the Quaker Church in the Abolitionist movement, Isaac resigned from the Quaker Church in 1845 and became converted to Spiritualism by Margaret Fox in 1848.
"Amy your family was always dear--very dear to me, you love me and treated me as a brother before the world knew me as it 'now' does."
Frederick Douglas to Amy Post April 28, 1846
Frederick Douglass stayed in the Post home before he was encouraged by them to move to Rochester in 1847 to publish his abolitionist newspaper The North Star, later Frederick Douglass' paper. His funeral, held in the Central Presbyterian Church at this site in 1895, brought him full circle to the place he first
Rochester: Center of Freedom Marker as seen facing South image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, September 13, 2012
2. Rochester: Center of Freedom Marker as seen facing South
stayed. He is buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery. A statue of him stands at Highland Park no far from one of his homes.
Susan B. Anthony was a close friend of the Posts and attended the second 1848 Women's Rights Convention in Rochester that Amy Post helped to organize. The Central Presbyterian Church erected their building next door to the Posts in 1858 and added on to the church on the Post's lot a year after Amy's death in 1889. The church reached out to the poor and undereducated families on the nearby Erie and Genesee Valley canals whose transient lifestyle created a distinct culture. Anthony's funeral was held in this Central Presbyterian Church in 1906.
In the mid-1970s the Central Presbyterian Church merged with the Brick and First Presbyterian Churches to become Downtown United Presbyterian Church. Continuing its historic mission to the community, the Church donated their building and land to the Hochstein School of Music which was founded in 1920 as a musical school for underprivileged students. David Hochstein, for whom the school was named, was the nephew of "Red Emma," radical social activist, Emma Goldman (1869-1940). An accomplished violinist, Hochstein enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps to fight in "the Great War." He was killed October 15, 1918. The Armistice was signed on November 11.
 
Erected by City of Rochester,
Rochester: Center of Freedom Marker as seen facing North image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, September 13, 2012
3. Rochester: Center of Freedom Marker as seen facing North
NY, The Community Foundation, Rochester-Monroe County Freedom Trail Commission.
 
Location. 43° 9.341′ N, 77° 36.96′ W. Marker is in Rochester, New York, in Monroe County. Marker is on Plymouth Avenue near Church Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in front of Hochstein Music Hall which is the current iteration of the Post Home location. Marker is in this post office area: Rochester NY 14614, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Post House (a few steps from this marker); County of Monroe (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pioneer School (about 600 feet away); The 100 Acre Tract (about 800 feet away); Jonathan Child (approx. 0.2 miles away); Broad Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Have honor for Nathaniel Rochester (approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic Site in Journalism (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rochester.
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRCivil Rights
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 29, 2013, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. This page has been viewed 401 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 29, 2013, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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