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How the Douglass Family Came to Rochester

Driven by his changing beliefs in how the abolition of slavery should come about, Frederick Douglass began seeking a new home for himself and his family in the mid-1840s. As he toured the nation giving his fiery anti-slavery addresses, Douglass was also looking for a place that he could raise his family safely and begin publishing his own newspaper. Rochester was far from his only option for a new home. How and why did he choose the Flour City as the new home for his family?

Rose O’Keefe has enjoyed helping residents in the Rochester and western New York area renew their pride and interest in local history. Besides local area history, Rose has written two books on the life of Frederick Douglass and his family members in the Rochester area. Through her history books and regional history fairs, Rose has brought together community groups, vendors, authors and speakers with local audiences. 

Saturday, October 27, 2018
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Central - Rundel Second Floor Conference Room
Central Library
  All Ages  
  Department - Local History & Genealogy  

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