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Waterford, Ireland to Pay Tribute to Frederick Douglass

A contingent of Rochesterians will travel to Waterford, Ireland to celebrate the sister city connection, and pay tribute to Frederick Douglass.
On Monday, October 7 the Mayor of Waterford, Ireland will unveil a Blue Plaque on the facade of Waterford City Hall to commemorate the visit of Frederick Douglass in October 1845.   Frederick Douglass - a former slave, abolitionist and human rights activist, travelled to Ireland as part of a lecture tour.  He spoke at Waterford City Hall on October 9, 1845.  Unfortunately, the details of his speech in Waterford are scant, but a local newspaper recorded the event.  In later years Douglass credited his visit to Ireland with broadening his political position from campaigning for the end of slavery to campaigning for freedom for all, equality and an end to poverty.

The Blue Plaque is a joint venture between Waterford City Council and Waterford Civic Trust and will be unveiled as part of a Waterford-Rochester Sister City Conference.  The Conference is jointly hosted by the Waterford Institute of Technology and the Irish Studies Program at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford.   A delegation from Rochester will attend the unveiling of the Frederick Douglass Plaque, which will become part of a walking trail of almost 40 plaques that commemorate a link between Waterford and a famous person or event.

Frederick Douglass lived in Rochester for 25 years.  He is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester.

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