50 Plymouth Avenue North, Rochester NY | Unmarked Location
Escaped slave and abolitionist campaigner Frederick Douglass died of a heart attack in Washington, D. C., on February 10, 1895. It had been arranged that Douglass’s body would be interred in Rochester, where he had lived and worked for some 25 years before moving to the nation’s capital.
Following funeral and memorial services in Washington, Douglass’s remains were conveyed to Rochester. On February 26, 1895, a memorial service was held at what was then the city’s Central Church. After the service, an honor guard escorted the remains and the mourners to Mount Hope Cemetery for interment in a well-marked grave most popular with visitors to this picturesque Victorian memorial park.
In later years the old Central Church was expanded and reconfigured as the Hochstein Music School, in which role it has well served the cultural life of Rochester.
Located well northwest of its historically proper position, a city historical marker slightly misidentifies the location of the home of Quaker activists Isaac and Amy Post, also the office of the Western New York Anti-Slavery Society.
The traditional structure of Central
Church -- minus the wooden steeples --
can be seen at right behind the later
entranceway. At left is a later addition
(contempo- raneous with the the added
entranceway before the church
structure), now the principal
performance space of the Hochstein Music