Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY is the final resting place of abolitionists and figures associated with the UGRR. Due to its location, waterways and close proximity to Canada, Rochester became a bustling hub of UGRR activity. Many fugitives were ushered through Rochester on the path to freedom, and some chose to make Rochester their home, including Reverend Thomas James, Georgiana Sims, Charlotte Bristol, and William Thomas. Austin Steward lived in Rochester for a time, leaving 3 infant children in the cemetery. Many citizens of Rochester operated stations, including George Avery, John Kedzie, Samuel Porter, Henry Quinby, David Richardson, David Stanley and the families of Asa Anthony, Daniel Anthony, Elias DeGarmo, Lester Dolley, Samuel D. Porter, and Issac Post. William Falls, Edward Williams and Jacob Morris helped the cause by soliciting funds to aid escaping slaves. Susan B. Anthony and Henry Selden were acquainted with John Brown, and aided the cause after the failed Harper’s Ferry raid. Frederick Douglass belongs in any and all of these categories, as he spent a great portion of his adult life in Rochester, raising his family, publishing his paper, aiding fugitives and fighting the injustice of human bondage.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: 1133 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester, 14620
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Robert Duffy
Location Type: Site