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Rochester scholar appointed to Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission

Sen. Chuck Schumer stands alongside Dr. David Anderson with a portrait of Frederick Douglass. The Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission will hold one meeting in Rochester. (Photo: Sen. Schumer's Office)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - A community scholar at Nazareth College and renowned historian has been appointed to the federal Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D, NY) announced Tuesday that Dr. David Anderson will be part of the commission. The commission will hold one meeting in Rochester.

Dr. Anderson is a visiting community scholar from the College of Arts & Sciences, and School of Education at Nazareth College. Anderson, a well-versed historian of Frederick Douglass' life, chaired the Rochester/Monroe County Freedom Trail Commission, alongside which the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center convened the 2007 Frederick Douglass International Underground Railroad Conference in Rochester.

“This commission will immortalize a Rochester civil rights hero who fought his entire life for the emancipation, equality, and dignity of every American at a time when our democracy was far from perfect,” said Senator Schumer. “I am proud to appoint Rochester’s very own Dr. David Anderson to this important commission that will work for the next year to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Douglass’ birth and commemorate him as one of our nation’s greatest Americans.

President Trump signed the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission into law last month to honor the 200th anniversary of Douglass' birthday. A postage stamp and rededication of the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, as well as preservation of artifacts from his life, will be part of the commission's mission.

Douglass lived and worked in Rochester for 25 years.

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