In Rochester, July 5, 1852, Douglass gave the speech “What is the slave on July 4”, in which he called the celebration of freedom a sham in a nation that enslaves and oppresses its black citizens.
For a slave, said Douglass, independence day is “a day that reveals to him, more than any other day of the year, the gross injustice and cruelty of which he is the constant victim.”
Carvin Eison, a project leader who brought the Douglass statue to the park, told the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle that another statue will take its place because the damage is too great.
“Is this a kind of reprisal because of the national fever that is currently rampant against Confederate monuments? Very disappointing, it’s more than disappointing, ”Eison told WROC.