Frederick Douglass (Rochester, NY)

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Title

Frederick Douglass (Rochester, NY)

Subject

Subject (Topic)
Abolitionists--United States
Anti-slavery movements--United States
New York--History
Northeastern United States
Public art
Public sculpture
Slavery--New York

Subject (Name)
Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895

Subject (Object Type)
Commemorative sculpture

Description

To mark the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass’ birth, the City of Rochester, NY, commissioned Olivia Kim to create thirteen live-size portraits of Douglass, placing them throughout the city at sites significant to Douglass’s life and work. Kim took inspiration from Stanley W. Edwards’ 19th-century statue of Douglass, originally erected in front of the old New York Central Train Station in Rochester, NY. Although the works are fiberglass, Kim recreated the patinated bronze of Edward’s original work.  Like Edward's original work, Douglass’ arms are slightly outstretched, his palms open upward. Kim used the hands of Kenneth B. Morris Jr., the great-great-great-grandson of Douglass, to create the hands of Douglass in her own work.

Creator

Kim, Olivia, 1979-

Source

Photographs by Renée Ater

Date

Dedicated: July 19, 2018

Contributor

Rochester Community Media Center (Carven Eison); Rochester Contemporary Art Center (Bleu Cease); Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives; and Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commemoration Committee.

Rights

City of Rochester, Department of Environmental Services, 30 Church Street, Rochester, New York, 14614, United States

Format

JPEG

Language

English

Type

Visual Arts-Sculpture

Coverage

School 12: Anna Murray Douglass Academy, 999 South Avenue, Rochester, New York, 14620, United States

Has Version

The locations of the 13 Frederick Douglass statues in Rochester, NY:

School 12: Anna Murray Douglass Academy (999 South Avenue)

Hochstein School of Music and Dance (50 North Plymouth Avenue)  

Talman Building (25 East Main Street). 

42 Favor Street

Central Avenue and St. Paul Street

Corinthian Street at State Street

Alexander Street near East Avenue

Alexander Street and Tracy Street

Kelsey’s Landing in Maplewood Park (89 Maplewood Drive)

Mt. Hope Cemetery

Washington Square Park

Rochester Educational Opportunity Center (161 Chestnut Street)

University of Rochester’s Rush Rhees Library, Rare Books and Special Collections

Extent

80.4 in. (204.22 cm.)

Medium

Fiberglass

Bibliographic Citation

Kiley, Rich. "Douglass Monuments Bring History to Life." Rochester Institute of Technology, July 23, 2018. Accessed October 31, 2019, https://www.rit.edu/news/douglass-monuments-bring-history-life.

Clapp, Jake. "Douglass Statues Coming to Rochester Streets." Frederick Douglass's Rochester, July 2018. Accessed May 24, 2020, https://rocdouglass.com/2018/07/18/douglass-statues-coming-to-rochester-streets/.

"Creation of the Life-Size Monuments of Frederick Douglass." DouglassTour.com. Accessed May 24, 2020, http://www.douglasstour.com/replica-creation-gallery/.

Rights Holder

Renée Ater

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Sculpture

Physical Dimensions

80.4 in. (204.22 cm.)

Citation

Kim, Olivia, 1979-, “Frederick Douglass (Rochester, NY),” Contemporary Monuments to the Slave Past, accessed August 13, 2020, http://slaverymonuments.org/items/show/1196.

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