U of R grants Frederick Douglas honorary degree

Douglas' great, great, great grandson accepted the degree. (WHAM photo)

A huge honor for abolitionist Frederick Douglas, and his ties to Rochester.

The University of Rochester granted Douglas with its first ever posthumous honorary degree.

The abolitionist's great, great, great grandson accepted the degree during Sunday's commencement ceremony.

Students say it was touching to honor such a historical figure.

“He was born into slavery and the fact that now, decades and decades later, we’re still honoring him, and talking about the legacy he’s left on this city, and really the world, is really great," said Rachel Farr, who graduated Sunday.

The University of Rochester is home to the Frederick Douglass institute for African and African American Studies, and has a collection of Frederick Douglass materials.

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