Thanks to a generous donation of $10,000 from Dr. John Lipman, and donations from other anonymous benefactors we have been able to reduce the amount we need to raise to $3,000 We thank Dr. Lipman and those other generous individuals for their support!
In 2018, in honor of the 200th Anniversary of Frederick Douglass' birth, more than 60 community organizations came together to celebrate Douglass, in the year-long project "Re-energizing the Legacy of Frederick Douglass." As part of that year, RCTV spearheaded a fundraising campaign to have 13 life-size Frederick Douglass statues sculpted by artist Olivia Kim.
The 13 statues have been installed across Rochester at strategic locations that played a role in the life of Frederick Douglass, who resided in Rochester during 25 of the most historically significant years of his life. The statues are part of a public art exhibition and history project called DouglassTour.com that reveals details about Frederick Douglass' life and times, through an interactive website that can be accessed via QR codes on the base of the statues.
On July 5, the anniversary of one of Douglass' most famous speeches, "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July," one of those statues was wrenched from its base, and dragged to the edge of the Genesee River, where vandals may have been thwarted from throwing it into the river gorge.
Because the statue is beyond repair, we have moved one from another locationto ensure that Frederick Douglass' legacy lives on in Maplewood Park, and not the legacy of the vandalism. This GoFundMe campaign will provide funding to sculpt another station to replace the one that was moved, and will also assist with refurbishment and ongoing care of all the statues on the Douglass Tour.
Thank you, in advance for helping to preserve the legacy of this great social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, statesman and humanist.
All donations are 100% deductible.
If you prefer, you can also send a tax deductible contribution via check to:
RCTV, Rochester's Community Media Center
Friends of Frederick Douglass Campaign
21 Gorham Street
Rochester, NY 14605