Douglass statue

Douglass statue

Sidney Edwards's statue of Frederick Douglass as seen from below.

Statue Nameplate

Statue Nameplate

Nameplate on the plinth supporting the Sidney Edwards statue of Frederick Douglass.

The Statue's New Home

The Statue's New Home

In late 2019 the statue and its plinth were relocated to the southwest corner of South Avenue and Robinson Drive.

Douglass Square Sign

Douglass Square Sign

The statue's new site on an attractively landscaped corner is more a plaza than a true square, but Frederick Douglass Memorial Square it is!

Companion Art Installation

Companion Art Installation

The relocated statue is accompanied by black tubular sculptural objects (far right). They include holes patterned to recall stars in the night sky. Escaping slaves often traveled northward by night, navigating by the stars.

Closer View of the

Closer View of the "Star Tubes"

Each tube depicts the stars around and including the Big and Little Dippers. By extending an imaginary line from the two rightmost stars of the Big Dipper to the Little Dipper, one can positively locate Polaris, the North Star that points the way north from anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere. Escaping slaves used this method to make their way north; The North Star was also the name of Douglass's best-known abolition newspaper, edited in a downtown Rochester building that survives today.

"Sky Tube" Detail

Closer view of the Dipper graphic on one of the tubular sculptures.

Associated Causes

Those Involved

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