City in New York names the school after Frederick Douglass’ wife

ROCHESTER, N. Y. – Officials in Rochester, New York, the naming of a school after the wife of the abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass.

The Democrat and chronicle reports that the Rochester Board of Education voted Thursday to honour Anna Murray Douglass with the school of the name.

The school is located on the former site of the Douglass family home, which served as a hub in the Underground Railroad. It will be known as the Anna Murray Douglass Academy.

Anna Murray was born in Maryland in 1813, to parents who were slaves. She married Frederick Douglass in 1838 after to help him escape from slavery. They had five children and worked as a laundress to support the family. She died in 1882.

School board President Van White calls Douglass “an unsung hero.”


Info: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle,

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