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Rediscovered song honoring Frederick Douglass to be performed for the first time in a century

Rediscovered song honoring Frederick Douglass to be performed for the first time in a century

November 14, 2018

In 1847, as Frederick Douglass was preparing to leave England where had lived to avoid being recaptured after his escape from slavery, his close companion and fellow abolitionist Julia Griffiths wrote a commemorative song. Only two copies of “Farewell Song of Frederick Douglass” are known to exist—and one of them was acquired earlier this year by River Campus Libraries.

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Frederick Douglass speech still resonates

Frederick Douglass speech still resonates

July 3, 2018

“What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?” Hear notable passages of this iconic 1852 speech read by faculty, students, and staff in celebration of the University’s connection to Douglass and the city he called home.

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‘I am content to be made known through this specimen of your art to all who may come after me’

‘I am content to be made known through this specimen of your art to all who may come after me’

June 27, 2018

In a letter recently acquired by River Campus Libraries, abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass expresses his pleasure with a bust that can now be reproduced by anyone with a 3D printer.

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Honorary degrees, Commencement awards announced

Honorary degrees, Commencement awards announced

May 7, 2018

Awards for outstanding contributions of distinguished leaders, educators and humanitarians will be presented at the 168th Commencement ceremonies on May 18, 19, and 20, and at the Simon Business School ceremony on June 10.

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Remembering Frederick Douglass on his 200th birthday

Remembering Frederick Douglass on his 200th birthday

February 13, 2018

Like most African Americans born into slavery, Frederick Douglass was never told the date and year of his birth. He chose February 14 as the day on which to celebrate it, and in 2018 we celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth. At the University of Rochester, one of the most extensive collections of Douglass artifacts in the country can be found in Rush Rhees Library.

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Digitizing Douglass

Digitizing Douglass

February 9, 2018

Victor Garza ’19, left, and associate professor of English Gregory Heyworth prepare to scan the marble bust of Frederick Douglass in the Frederick Douglass Building . The students in Heyworth’s Digital Imaging class are using a structured light scanner to create a digital rendering of the marble bust. Their goal is to create a file that can be accessed and the bust reproduced anywhere with a 3D printer. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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Douglass: ‘Not a monument, but a mind-set’

Douglass: ‘Not a monument, but a mind-set’

February 3, 2017

Looking back at the life of the abolitionist leader and activist, Rashad Moore ’17 asks some African-American campus leaders: What does Frederick Douglass mean to us today?

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Rochester’s black community had a deep—and underrecognized—influence on Frederick Douglass

Rochester’s black community had a deep—and underrecognized—influence on Frederick Douglass

February 1, 2017

Douglass was profoundly influenced by the Rochester region. But the region’s role in shaping the abolitionist leader has not been fully appreciated, according to history professor Larry Hudson.

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Frederick Douglass delivered ‘best Fourth of July speech in American history’ in Rochester

Frederick Douglass delivered ‘best Fourth of July speech in American history’ in Rochester

June 30, 2016

“What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?” Frederick Douglass delivered his rousing oration on July 5th at Rochester’s Corinthian Hall. An original printing of the speech has been digitized by Rare Books and Special Collections and can be read online.

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Early Douglass daguerreotype on display

Early Douglass daguerreotype on display

December 8, 2015

One of the earliest images of the 19th-century abolitionist is on loan at the River Campus Libraries through February. While here, the 1848 portrait will feature in a larger exhibition about the University’s work on researching and preserving daguerreotypes.

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