Frederick Douglass replica statues being made to mark birth

July 19, 2018

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The first three of 13 replicas of the Frederick Douglass statue in a Rochester park are set to be installed as part of a tribute to the bicentennial of the abolitionist’s birth.

The statue was originally dedicated in 1899 at the city’s downtown train station. It was moved in 1941 to Highland Park.

To mark the 200th anniversary of his birth in Maryland, the local Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commemoration is erecting 13 statues in locations throughout the city that were significant in his Rochester life.

The first three are being unveiled Thursday at his home site, at a music school where his funeral was held in 1895 and at the site of the newspaper he published.

The statues are the work of local sculptor Olivia Kim.