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    Frederick Douglass was a great American. A self-made man, he was critical in the raising of black troops in the Civil War and his two sons served in the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, one of them becoming the regimental sergeant major. This act of vandalism is also an act of racism.

    Frederick Douglass statue torn down in Rochester, N.Y., on anniversary of his famous Fourth of July speech

    A statue of famous abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass was torn from its pedestal in Rochester, N.Y., on Sunday, the 168th anniversary of his famous speech “What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?”

    According to Rochester police, the seven-foot-high statue was ripped from its base and dragged from Maplewood Park, which is a site along the Underground Railroad in Kelsey’s Landing, where Douglass and abolitionist Harriet Tubman helped enslaved people to freedom.

    Rochester police said the statue, a reproduction made of a kind of plastic and finished to look like bronze, had been removed from its base and was found about 50 feet away on the banks of the Genesee River.

    “The statue had been placed over the fence to the gorge and was leaning against the fence (gorge side),” according to Investigator Jacqueline Shuman, public information officer for the Rochester Police Department. “In addition to the damage at the bottom of the statue, one of the fingers on the left hand of the statue was damaged. Aside from the damage to the statue, there was no additional graffiti to the statue or to the surrounding park.”

    Police said the statue has been recovered and taken to be repaired. The investigation into who is responsible is continuing. No arrests have been made, Shuman said.
    We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
    Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
    To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

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