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“Frederick Douglass in Rochester with John Muller” at Writers and Books (September 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm)

Frederick Douglass in Rochester with John Muller

September 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

With the continued recognition of the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial throughout the year join Washington, D.C.-based journalist and historian John Muller for a presentation beyond the common lore and mythology of Dr. Frederick Douglass.

John Muller, author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia (The History Press, 2012), will share largely unknown and previously unpublished material on the activities, experiences and relationships of Dr. Frederick Douglass and his family in Rochester and Monroe County, New York within the community of newspaper editors and journalists, abolitionists, reformists and educators.

Learn how Douglass’ extensive Rochester network sustained him and frequently visited the Douglass family in Washington City.

Additionally, Muller will provide updates on Bicentennial activities in the Washington, D.C.-Baltimore-Eastern Shore area.

PowerPoint Presentation, Audience Q & A, books available for sale.

Writers & Books
740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

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Thank you Rochester Historical Society for uplifting and guarding local history. (Cc: Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren & Monroe County Executive Cheryl L. Dinolfo)

William Keeler of RHS.Yesterday I had the chance to visit the Rochester Historical Society and speak with hybrid historian-librarian-archivist William Keeler.

During my visit I reviewed materials related to the life and times of Frederick Douglass in Rochester.

In speaking with Bill I learned the Rochester Historical Society is in the midst of a letter-writing campaign to both Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren (D) and Monroe County Executive Cheryl L. Dinolfo (R). I gladly signed the letter using both my DC address and Monroe County address.

It is my understanding there have been ups and downs with the RHS over the years, much like the Historical Society of Washington, regarding collections, location and leadership.

Nonetheless, any and every Douglassonian should take notice of the appeal by the RHS and offer their support of an institution of vital import to the field of Douglass Studies.

It is my belief, no true scholar can begin to understand Douglass until you understand the communities in which he occupied space from the Eastern Shore to Fells Point to New Bedford to Rochester to Old Anacostia.

Thusly, although small in numbers Douglassonian scholars must do what we can, even if that is as simple as affixing our signature to a letter, to support local institutions.

In future posts I plan to share some of the material I discovered with Bill’s assistance.

The surveying of Rochester continues today with a meeting with an old school journalist from the Democrat and Chronicle and visit to the Central Library in Rochester.



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