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Special Delivery: From One Stop to Another on the Underground Railroad



Published July 1, 2014


What would it be like to have one of the most famous
escaped slaves in the world for a father, and the
strong woman who held their home life together for
a mother? It would mean being used to all kinds of people
showing up on the family’s doorstep any time of day or night
– and the worse the weather, the better. It would also mean
watching your every word and step when you’re away from

Frederick and Anna Douglass in Rochester, NY: Their Home Was Open to All


Published November 5, 2013

Frederick Douglass—famed author, orator and former slave—spent twenty-five years with his family in Rochester, New York, beginning in 1848. Local author Rose O’Keefe weaves together the story of the Douglass’ experience in Rochester and the indelible mark they left on the Flower City.

Historic Genesee Country: A Guide to its Lands and Legacies


Published June 25, 2010


Genesee Country—composed of Allegany, Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston, Monroe and Ontario Counties near the Genesee River in western New York—is rich in local history with national importance. The region later became a hotbed of activity for abolitionists, early supporters of women’s rights and religious movements that influenced the entire United States.

Images of America:

Southeast Rochester


Published May 17, 2006


Southeast Rochester provides an overview of the neighborhoods that exploded with the development of the Erie Canal from the 1820s to the 1890s.

Images of America:

Rochester's South Wedge


Published September 12, 2005


Rochester’s South Wedge follows the hundreds of ambitious and ordinary people who have formed a distinct community for 185 years. Immediate neighbors include Mount Hope Cemetery, the nation’s first municipal cemetery and final resting place for the Frederick Douglass family and Susan B. Anthony; and Highland Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.

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