Statue of celebrated orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass vandalized and toppled

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Discussion posted by: David McNamara

A statue of Frederick Douglass was removed in Rochester, New York, after it was toppled by apparent vandals. The statue of the American abolitionist who had escaped enslavement had stood in Maplewood Park, according to Fox2 News. The statue and its base were thoroughly removed. The Democrat and Chronicle states that the statue was toppled, and “had been placed over the fence to the gorge and was leaning against the fence.” This per a statement from the Rochester police: “The base and lower part of the statue was damaged, as was a finger on the statue’s left hand.”