Park marks Douglass’ 200th birthday

Published Feb 14, 2018 at 4:00pm

SENECA FALLS — Women’s Rights National Historical Park will celebrate Frederick Douglass’ 200th birthday by welcoming Nathan Richardson and Melinda Grube as Douglass and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, respectively, while they discuss Douglass’ life-long battle for women’s rights, the relationship between the two and the temporary halt of their relationship upon the passage of the 15th Amendment. The event will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17.

Douglass was one of many men who attended the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls and a signer of the Declaration of Sentiments. Douglass’ presence at the convention assisted Elizabeth Cady Stanton in solidifying her belief that women deserved full suffrage and citizenship along with men, the Park noted. “Douglass fully supported with his pen, his voice, and his celebrity Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony and his own daughters as they fought for full citizenship and suffrage.”

Richardson is a poet and published author who “embodies the physical and spiritual essence of Frederick Douglass, the great orator, abolitionist, and Women’s Rights Activist,” the Park stated.

Dr. Grube, a descendant of a Seneca Falls abolitionist family, has followed an educational path inspired by women’s rights history. She is an adjunct lecturer of history at Cayuga Community College and has portrayed Elizabeth Cady Stanton for educational programs, lectures and events in Seneca Falls and throughout New York State for over a decade.

Women’s Rights National Historic Park is open Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in February. For more information about the park and upcoming programs, visit or call 315-568-2991.