Freedom Festival
Sunday September 30, 2007
2-6 p.m.

Frederick Douglass Links

Freedom Lives Here!

Entertainment, Tours, Arts & Crafts & More!
Free & Open to the Public

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Main Stage Entertainment

Free Attractions and Tours
Booths & Vendors and More Highllights!

Where: Susan B. Anthony Square (Across from The Susan B. Anthony House) The centerpiece of the event will be the famous sculpture by Pepsy Kettavong of Douglass and Anthony in the center of the square.

What: The community is invited to the Frederick Douglass Freedom Festival to come together and celebrate our community’s unique heritage and contributions to freedom and to pay tribute to Frederick Douglass, one of our own and America’s greatest freedom heroes.

For families and people of all ages, the free celebration will be held in Rochester’s historic Susan B. Anthony neighborhood on Sunday, September 30th from 2-6 p.m.  The festival concludes the Frederick Douglass International Underground Railroad Conference being presented by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Rochester Monroe County Freedom Trail Commission.

It will be a fitting conclusion to the International Frederick Douglass Underground Railroad Conference, September 28 and 29th, which will bring noted presenters and attendees from all over the country and Canada to discuss Frederick Douglass and Underground Railroad history. Keynotes include journalist Juan Williams, actor Darryl Van Leer and historian and educator Bernice Johnson Reagon.

Come and see several of Rochester’s most talented artists, who will bring 19th century Rochester alive.

Main Stage Entertainment - Susan B. Anthony Square Park, off West Main Between Madison & King Streets

  • AKWAABA and Rochester Museum & Science Center enactors in period dress will portray historical figures, including Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Isaac and Amy Post, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Rosetta Douglass, Anna Murrey, Rev. Germaine Logan and Jacob P. Morris. 
  • Sing along to old spirituals sung by gospel choirs and Civil War era music performed by the Fiddlers of the Genesee. 
  • See the talented Thomas Warfield dance. 
  • Listen to area students who will share original slam poetry performances.
  • Be there as friends of Frederick Douglass introduce the talents of some of the national winners of the Frederick Douglass Oratorical Contest held in Washington, D.C. every year.
Free Attractions and Tours
  • The Susan B. Anthony House will open its doors for free tours and is offering a special video presentation of Rochester’s role in the 19th Century Freedom Movement played in the Carriage House all afternoon. 
  • The Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood Association will offer tours of the historic neighborhood; tour guides will be in period dress.
More Festival Highlights!
  • Program Info & Free  Bookmarks visit the 13 WHAM / CW 16 Booth
  • Food and beverages available for purchase from Café Underground Railroad, MJ Daily Bread, Hallelujah Royal Heritage Teas and  Abbotts Ice Cream
  •  Underground Railroad  Historical Dolls - Patricia Iacuzzi
  • Display of books written by Rochester students on Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony.
  • Display on the student literacy project “Youth Voices from the Underground Railroad,” a youth component of the Conference, which will continue throughout the academic year in several Rochester schools and neighborhood centers.  The children read the book “Freedom Crossing” by Margaret Goff Clark and will then get on a bus to follow the path of a teenage girl and her brother aiding a 12-year-old escaping slave across upstate New York to Canada. 
  • Have your picture taken Frederick Douglass at the “Let’s Have Tea” sculpture by Pepsy Kettavong courtesy of Kodak at its KODAK  Network Northstar Photo Kiosk. Take your photo home that afternoon. 
  • Voter registration booth, courtesy of the League of Women Voters


2:00 - 2:10
Nat Turner Drum Circle

2:10 - 2:30     
Welcome & Announcements 
Dr. Keith Jenkins  Emcee
Dr. Alfreda Brown, FDIURC Chair
Commissioner Reeves, City of Rochester
Hanif Abdul-Wahid, County of Monroe
Deborah Hughes, Dir. Susan B. Anthony House
2:30- 3:00
Spiritual performed by Nadine Carey
Frederick Douglass, Abolitionist, Publisher "The North Star"
Anna Murray Douglass, Wife of Frederick Douglass
Rosetta Douglass, Oldest Daughter of Frederick Douglass
Susan B. Anthony, Friend of Frederick Douglass, Suffragist
Jefferson Avenue 7th Day Adventist Church Sanctuary Choir
Thomas Warfield & Nadine Carey Performance
Thomas  Warfield Audience Interaction

3:30 - 4:00
Harriet Jacobs, Author, “Incidences in the Life of a Slave Girl”                   Fiddlers of the Genesee, Civil War era songs

4:00 - 4:30
Gerald Hunt,  Dir. Frederick Douglass Resource Center
Pepsy Kettavong.  Sculptor, "Let's Have Tea"
Frederick Douglass & Susan B. Anthony   

Speeches: "Friends of Frederick Douglass"
William Lewis, Retired Principal & Board Member
Andrea Johnson, Student Oratorical Winner
Jolissa Woods, Student Oratorical Winner
4:30 - 5:00
Mt. Olivet Church Choir  Performance
Sojourner Truth, 19th Century Women’s Rights Lecturer
Jacob P Morris, Barber & Abolitionist

5:00 - 5:30
Rev. Jermain Loguen, King of UGRR Syracuse                                   Harriet Tubman, Moses of the Underground Railroad
Isaac  Post, Rochester Businessman & abolitionist
Fiddlers of the Genesee, Civil War era Songs

5:30 - 6:00
Spiritual  performed by  Nadine Carey
2007 RocCity Teen Slam Team, Freedom themes
Frederick Douglass Final Words

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Pre-Conference Freedom Festival Events

August 25, 2007
Sankofa Music and Dance Festival

Noon - 7 p.m.
Village Gate

July 3, 2007
Maafa Day of Remembrance
4-8 p.m.
Durand Eastman Park

June 16, 2007
Juneteenth Celebration

11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Susan B. Anthony Square

May 20, 2007
On Behalf of those Who Lie in Yonder Hallowed Grounds
2-3 p.m.
Mt. Hope Cemetery

May 19, 2007
On Behalf of those Who Lie in Yonder Hallowed Grounds

10 am - noon
Center at High Falls

May 18, 2007
Baobab Art Auction
Baobab Cultural Center




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Janet Buchanan Smith
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Alstom Signaling Foundation

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