Frederick Douglass's First Rochester Home
This house was the first home Frederick Douglass bought in Rochester. Douglass likely lived here from 1847 until the purchase of his next home in 1852. Douglass’s relationship with his neighbors is recounted in local newspapers, including the North Star, an anti-slavery newspaper Douglass edited while living here. The Douglass family used this home as a stop on the underground railroad, along with the other homes he owned in the area. This is also the home where Frederick Douglass’s wife, Anna Murray-Douglass, decided she would not receive a formal education because she saw more personal value in tending the home. The home was demolished and turned into a parking lot in 1954. A historical marker was installed here on November 5, 2018.
Backstory and Context
This entry is part of a public history project developed by the RIT Museum Studies program in celebration of the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass’s birth (February 1818). The items shown in this entry are taken from a scrapbook that is one of two in the collections of the Local History and Genealogy Divisions of Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County Library.
The photograph of the home is part of the Monroe County Library collection. See https://catalogplus.libraryweb.org/?section=resource&resourceid=1116921835¤tIndex=0&view=fullD...