Wednesday marks the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass, the famous abolitionist who lived in Rochester after escaping from slavery.

Wednesday marks the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass, the famous abolitionist who lived in Rochester after escaping from slavery.

Douglass was never told his real birthday so he chose February 14 on his own.

The City of Rochester is hosting several events this week to celebrate Douglass.

On Wednesday at the Frederick Douglass Community Library on South Avenue, special guests will talk about Douglass and how his work impacted the abolitionist movement. The event begins at 3 p.m.

Mayor Lovely Warren and County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo proclaimed 2018 as “The Year of Frederick Douglass."