Frederick Douglass' Alexander Street Home

Frederick Douglass' Alexander Street Home
by Cameron

Image from the Rochester Museum & Science Center Library
Above, a map of Frederick Douglass' first home in Rochester, on Alexander Street.

In the spring of 1848, word reached Rochester that a young couple of abolitionists named Frederick Douglass and his wife Anna Murray Douglass were moving to Rochester. Another couple of abolitionists named Isaac and Amy Post bought them a nice house on (at that time) 4 Alexander Street. If it were still standing today, the house would be across the street from where today stands the Genesee Hospital. Once the family settled down, their house became a common stop on the Underground Railroad.

In the three years they lived there, they had three children named Rosseta, Charles, and Frederick Jr. One of the more important reasons they moved to Rochester was because it had more subscribers for Frederickís newspaper, which meant more business for Frederick and his newspaper, The North Star. In the first year of the paperís publishing, Frederick spent a lot of time thinking of catchy, interesting, and accurate articles. The hard work paid off that first year. The North Star was great. But then in the summer of 1851, the family had news of their own. They were moving to a larger house on South Avenue where they would have more space for freedom seekers and for other children to come. Years after they moved, their house was demolished for reasons which we do not know. Even though the house is demolished and Frederick Douglass isnít there to tell us about it, we should all learn that the house and what happened in it was just the beginning for Frederick Douglass and his long battle for the rights of men, women, whites, and African Americans.

Related Links:
Frederick Douglass
The Douglass Children
Anna Murray Douglass
Frederick Douglass' South Avenue Home (#12 School)
Frederick Douglass Monument at Highland Park Bowl
Porter Family
Amy Post
Isaac Post

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