Send a message to Frederick Douglass at Imagine RIT festival

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Project will use 3D printer to write words of peace and equality to be displayed

April 17, 2018 by Greg Livadas Follow Greg Livadas on TwitterFollow RITNEWS on Twitter“Anna and Frederick Douglass’s Parking (Lots of Love)” invites festival visitors to help create an art installation that will be displayed in Rochester to honor the couple’s lives.

Visitors to this year’s Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus on April 28 will get the chance to write to one of Rochester’s most famous residents: Frederick Douglass and his first wife, Anna.

The exhibit, “Anna and Frederick Douglass’s Parking (Lots of Love),” invites festival visitors to help create an art installation that will be displayed in Rochester to honor the couple’s lives. Visitors will be asked to imprint their own words about peace, love, justice, equality and civil rights.

This year is the 200th anniversary of Frederick Douglass’s birth. The installation is planned to be erected in September at the site of Anna and Frederick’s home from 1848 to 1951, which is now the site of a parking lot at 297 Alexander St., next to the Lanai restaurant.

“We’re looking for comments from the community about how the Douglass legacy has impacted their lives, and we ask visitors to express their hopes for equality and justice in Rochester and the USA, and how they envision the social justice that was done here,” said Hinda Mandell, associate professor in the School of Communication in RIT’s College of Liberal Arts.

Mandell said the project is important to commemorate unmarked locations in Rochester that have historical significance.

 “There is no visual representation, no sculpture of Anna Douglass in the public that I’m aware of in Rochester,” she said.

She said it’s also important to publicly recognize Anna’s contributions to her husband.

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