Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for School #12 Renamed After Frederick Douglass!

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for The Rochester City School district’s renaming of James P.B. Duffy School 12 after abolitionist and freedom fighter Frederick Douglass. The school, across from Highland Hospital on South Avenue, stands on the site of the house where Douglass lived for most of his time in Rochester. That house burned to the ground in 1872, a suspected arson. Douglass was one of the most prominent abolitionists in the country, so it was fitting that his house was a well known stop on the Underground Railroad. After the June 2, 1872 fire Douglass wrote: “While Rochester is among the most liberal of northern cities, and its people are among the most humane and highly cultivated, it nevertheless has its full share of that Ku Klux spirit which makes anything owned by a colored man a little less respected and secure than when owned by a white citizen.”