Annie Douglass

Annie Douglass was the daughter of Frederick and Anna Douglass. Annie died at the age of 10 which was severe blow to the Douglasses. At the time of Annie’s death, Frederick Douglass was in exile in Europe as a result of John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry.

“…News reached me from home of the death of my beloved daughter. Annie, the light and life of my house. Deeply distressed by this bereavement, and acting upon the impulse of the moment, regardless of the peril, I at once resolved to return home…”[1]

Annie Douglass died on March 13, 1860. With Anna Douglass unable to purchase a cemetery plot until her husband’s return, one of the Douglasses’ neighbors, the Porters, had Annie interred in their cemetery plot in Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, New York. Later, after Frederick’s return, the Douglasses bought their own plot in Mount Hope to bury Annie in.

Exact Grave GPS coordinates: 43.130991, -77.614470

[1] Frederick Douglass, The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (Boston: De Wolfe & Fiske Co., 1892), 394.

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