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At this location in the 19th century, two trees were planted by Fredrick Douglas for the Keller family on their property as a sign of friendship. Douglass planted two trees and one fell following a severe storm in 1920. A hospital now stands where the house and the trees once stood. The only surviving trace of the two trees that were planted by Douglass are two pictures taken by Albert R. Stone that are part of the collection of the Rochester Museum and Science Center.

  • Tree in Bench
  • Storm Damaged Tree

This entry was 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.