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Just outside of Washington’s Headquarters in Newburgh, New York this rock sits. It commemorates the time that Frederick Douglass came and gave a memorable speech.

Obviously it must have been very memorable to deserve it’s own rock. It currently sits outside the AME Zion Church of Newburgh.

In 1870 during Douglass was touring the country giving numerous speeches about the 15th Amendment to the Constitution. The amendment which states: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

It was the third and last of the Reconstruction Amendments, to help bring the country back together after the Civil War, as well as helping to give more rights to the millions of former black slaves. While in the coming years the amendment would be fought hard by southern states, at the time it was a glorious thing for the former slaves. Douglass toured the country speaking of this amendment and other things that could help the once slaved become more involved with voting and even leading a free life.

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