Abolitionist Frederick Douglass joined the University of Rochester class of 2018 on Sunday, 123 years after his death. The university awarded Douglass a posthumous honorary law degree which Douglass' great-great-great-grandson accepted in his name.

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass joined the University of Rochester class of 2018 on Sunday, 123 years after his death.

The university awarded Douglass a posthumous honorary law degree which Douglass' great-great-great-grandson accepted in his name.

This is the first posthumous honorary degree the university has given.

The U of R is notably home to the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African American Studies.

Douglass settled in Rochester after he escaped from slavery and became an outspoken abolitionist.

He was active in the underground railroad and spoke out for women's rights.

He also went to the first women's rights convention in Seneca Falls in 1848.