December 23, 2018 — It's been 200 years since the birth of one of Rochester's most famed citizens, Frederick Douglass. His life has inspired works of art, books, musical performances and even debates about racism today. In 2018 there was a marked effort to teach the public more about his life and, indeed, we are still learning the extent of his influence.
Also this week, on the heels of our discussion about Frederick Douglass, we examine the history of Mt. Hope Cemetery, where Douglass is buried. The cemetery is the subject of a new book that takes a closer look at the lives of African-Americans buried there who, in big and small ways, shaped Rochester's history.