Frederick Douglass–famed author, orator and former slave–spent twenty-five years with his family in Rochester, New York, beginning in 1848. Despite living through one of our nation’s most bitter and terrifying times, Frederick and his wife, Anna, raised five children in a loving home with flower, fruit and vegetable gardens. While Frederick traveled widely, fighting for the freedom and rights of his brethren, Anna cared for their home and their family and extended circle. Their house was open to fugitives on the Underground Railroad, visiting abolitionists and house guests who stayed for weeks, months and years at a time. Local author Rose O’Keefe weaves together the story of the Douglasses’ experience in Rochester and the indelible mark they left on the Flower City.
About the Author
Rose O’Keefe is a writer, editor, author and speaker. She is a member of Whistle Stop Writers, Rochester Association of Children’s Writers & Illustrators, Friends of Ganondagan, Business Association of the South Wedge Area, South Wedge Planning Committee and Friends of the Public Library. She has written three other local history books.