This imposing statue of abolitionist, orator, and journalist Frederick Douglass was sculpted by Sidney W. Edwards. Originally it was sited before the Rochester train station at Central Avenue and St. Paul Street, where it was dedicated in 1899. It was moved to a location overlooking the Highland Park Bowl and rededicated on September 4, 1941.
In 2018 sculptor Olivia Kim produced thirteen replicas of the statue at a reduced size. They were installed at various locations around Rochester significant to the life of Douglass in that city.
In 2019 the original statue was moved several hundred feet north-by-northeast to a more conspicuous location. The statue anchors a new Frederick Douglass Memorial Square on the southwest corner of South Avenue and Robinson Drive. The relocation makes the statue immediately visible to motorists, as well as Highland Park visitors, year-round. In addition, for the first time the statue has been illuminated to be better seen at night.