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


Frederick Douglass—famed author, orator and former slave—spent twenty-five years with his family in Rochester, New York, beginning in 1848. Despite living through one of our nation’s most bitter and terrifying times, Frederick and his wife, Anna, raised five children in a loving home with flower, fruit and vegetable gardens. While Frederick traveled widely, fighting for the freedom and rights of his brethren, Anna cared for their home and their family and extended circle. Their house was open to fugitives on the Underground Railroad, visiting abolitionists and houseguests who stayed for weeks, months and years at a time. 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.


Publisher: The History Press (November 5, 2013)

Paperback: 128 pages

ISBN-13: 9781626191815

Genre: History (local and national)

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