On Friday, June 9,  The Friends of Frederick Douglass celebrated the 118th year that the Frederick Douglass Monument was placed in the Highland Park Bowl. It was the first statue erected to honor an African American in the United States, a task accomplished by representatives of the Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masons of Rochester's Eureka Lodge. The statue was unveiled in 1899. The Freedom Fest annually honors this historic eventas well as the Honorable Frederick Douglass, who came to Rochester over a century ago.

Activities will be held June 9-11 and will include:

  •Friday, June 9 at 1:30 PM.:A Frederick Douglass Freedom Festival Wreath Laying Ceremony took place at the Frederick Douglass Monument, Frederick Douglass Memorial Square offHighland Park, 1208 South Avenue, Rochester.  Reception followed at the Frederick Douglass Recreation Center, 999 South Ave. Winners of the the Photo ID Contest and heard Rochester legacies share secrets of their success. Those in attendance were apart of history in the making! Experience MAAFA’s Magical Alphabet and one 2017  Frederick Douglass Memorial awardee was selected? 

OnSaturday, June 10 at 10:30 AM: Frederick Douglass Freedom FestivalFeatured A Homage Motorcade & Poster ID Contest.  The Motorcade started at the Frederick Douglass Resource Center, 36 King Street. On Sunday, June 11 at 2:00 PM: Frederick Douglass Freedom Festival & Freedom Trail Commission presented the Annual Tribute To The United States Colored Troops (USCT), Mt. Hope Cemetery, 1133 Mt. Hope Ave, Rochester.  “They gave their lives, we can do no less than give our respect." Sunday's event honoring the United States Colored Troops that served from the Rochester region was jointly sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Freedom Festival and the Freedom Trail Commission, chaired by Dr. David Anderson. 

Rochester Mourns The Passing of WDKX DJ Tony Boler

                                                        Tony Boler 

                                                        Tony Boler 

Tony Boler, co-host of the Saturday-morning “Memory Lane” and the weeknight “Quiet Storm”  shows on WDKX-FM (103.9), died Monday morning in his sleep. He was 63.

“My heart is broken by the news of the passing of WDKX disc jockey Tony Boler,” Said Mayor Lovely Warren in a released statement. “On weeknights, Tony carried us through ‘The Quiet Storm’ and on Saturdays he took us down ‘Memory Lane’ with a distinct and calming voice that was reassuring and comfortable. Between songs on Saturdays, he and co-host Andre Marcel dispensed words of wisdom and old-school advice with a tag-team banter that was both enjoyable and educational. In this way,  ‘Uncle Tony’ carried himself as a valuable role model for many young men in our community.”

She continued: “Tony was also present for the special moments in the lives of many of our citizens, including my own when he served as the DJ at my wedding. He will be greatly missed by many, but heaven has gained an angel. My prayers are with Tony’s family, Andre Marcel and the WDKX family, including Tony’s many fans.”

 “We’re at a loss for words right now,” WDKX stated. “This doesn’t even seem real… Please be patient with us as we try to process the shocking and sudden news of our brother, uncle, grandpa, and dearest friend Tony Boler’s passing. We will share more information with the WDKX family as it becomes available to the public. Keep the Boler family in your prayers. Rest in peace Tony Boler. You are missed.”

Boler, 63, had worked at the station since 1991. 

He is survived by one son, three daughters, and his wife, Lynn.

WDKX is also planning a musical tribute to Boler.

Tony Boler grew up in North Carolina and studied biology at Fayetteville State University. In addition to his work at WDKX. In the past he had worked as a technician at Xerox.

Mr. Boler was also the DJ at “Old-School Tuesday” at Ray Ray’s Bar & Grill on Clifford Avenue.

“He was like a brother to me,” said local saxophonist Jimmie Highsmith, Jr., who on Monday morning was summoned to Boler’s home by Boler’s co-host on “Memory Lane,” Andre Marcel, program director at WDKX.