2017 FREDERICK DOUGLASS FREEDOM FESTIVAL: “WE ARE FAMILY”
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.