#38: Activists and Abolitionists

Underground Railroad sign in Maplewood Park

“Rochester’s history is one of the things I love about the city and surrounding area. So many spiritual movements, civil rights actions, and a call for the minority voice to be heard I think is one of the things that makes the region special. The city has been home to so many people that have played such an integral role in efforts like fighting for women’s rights and the abolition of slavery that present-day inhabitants have only to continue in that same direction.

“Rochester is filled with a tremendous amount of creativity and people who are willing to fight for what they believe in. Born and raised in the surrounding area, I’ve always felt that Rochester has been one that fosters a culture for grassroots, people-driven movements and I think that’s something that will always remain important to me.”

—Chris Clemens, Rochester
Exploring Upstate 

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