On July 4, 2020 a statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass was ripped from it’s base in Rochester, New York. The 4th of July is also the anniversary of a famous speech that Douglass gave – “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July.” The AP reported that the statue was found in a gorge about 50 feet away, with damage to the base and a finger.
Robert George posted that two years ago, he and Cornel West had prayed, in the rain, at the grave of Frederick Douglass in Rochester, “recalling with gratitude the work and witness of the great abolitionist.” George say that he had read that in that city a “statue of Douglass was torn down and thrown into a gorge. God help us.”
The Guardian noted that the statue of Frederick Douglass stood on the site of the “Underground Railroad” in Rochester.
The Washington Post reported that 11-year-old Davon McNeal was shot this weekend in D.C. and that when asked to write a report about someone who inspired him, he had chosen Frederick Douglass.