Rochester N.Y.-Thursday, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced that a statue of American hero and Rochester resident, Frederick Douglass, will reside permanently in the U.S. Capitol after a ceremony on June 19th
Right now, the statue is in a D.C. government building blocks away from the Capitol.
The statue depicts a standing Douglass on a pedestal engraved with a quote from a speech he delivered in Canandaigua, NY in 1857 that reads: “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”
Frederick Douglass lived in Rochester from 1847 until 1872. He purchased his first home in Rochester at 4 Alexander Street near the corner of East Avenue in April of 1848. Douglass returned to D.C. in 1872 after a fire engulfed his Rochester home. He died in Washington, D.C., and was buried at Rochester’s Mount Hope Cemetery in 1895.