All Frederick Douglass All the Time

Participate in the Frederick Douglass Instagram Exhibition

You can check out photos from the opening reception "No Soil Better" here. If you missed the opening and would like to be a part of our Instagram exhibition, find and share your images of Frederick Douglass with the hashtag #FrederickDouglass200. Help us post 200 images by February 28.

What would Douglass Do?   February 8, 7-8:30 p.m.

The report Hard Facts: Race and Ethnicity in the Nine-County Greater Rochester Area paints a sobering and challenging picture of our racial gaps. Join the talk back "What Would Frederick Douglass Do?" to contemplate ways Frederick Douglass would directly and dramatically address our education, economic, and housing racial inequities. To learn more click here.


Ann Johnson
Senior Director, ACT Rochester

Hanif Abdul-Wahid
Community Liaison for Neighborhood Initiatives, Monroe County

Carvin Eison
Director, Rochester Community Television

This event is part of the exhibition No Soil Better: Art and the Living Legacy of Frederick Douglass

Admission: $2 / free for members

Shine a Light on Douglass.   February 14, 6:30 p.m.

Shine a light on the famous and beloved statue of Frederick Douglass in Highland Park and assist RIT’s Big Shot photographers in making a memorable, once-in-a-200- year legacy photo.

Bring your own flashlight, or use one of ours, to light up one of Rochester and the nation’s most celebrated leaders, as part of the celebration of this very special year. Click here for more information.

More Year of Douglass Events

Focus 45: Frederick Douglass and His Photographic Legacy

Saturday, February 10, 2018, 12 p.m., Dryden Theatre

On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Frederick Douglass's birth, artist Amanda Chestnut and Associate Curator in the Department of Photography Heather Shannon will talk about the great American's contribution to the history of photography as well as the implications of collecting and preserving photographs of and documents authored by people of color. Read more.

Check out the many events happening in the City of Rochester here.

Historicizing the Monument.   February 15, 7-8:30 p.m.

Historicizing the Douglass Monument: Public Art and the Collective Historical Imagination will consider the role of statues and other forms of public art to mark and remember the Civil War in relation to monuments dedicated to African American Civil Rights History and to Frederick Douglass himself. Join us for a timely and engaging discussion examining our complex relationship with history, race, and public art. Read more.

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