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2014 Walk the Walk – Encounters with Rochester’s African American Ancestors

February 7, 2014 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Walk The Walk teaches about our shared heritage.

[Please note: This performance on February 7 at 10 AM is a school performance only, open to grades 3 and up. Advance registration is required. See our February Events Calendar for additional school performances on February 4 and 6 at 10 AM. Feb. 4 performance for grade 2 only.]

Austin Steward never gave up on his dream of owning his own shop. Despite great obstacles he faced, including threats and bullying, the former slave became successful businessman and the proud proprietor of one of the finest meat markets in town. Many have heard the name of Frederick Douglass, but did you know he was a world traveler? He crossed the globe, speaking to heads of state and kings. Yet despite his stature, his wife Anna struggled daily for equal treatment while home raising their family. And George Brown was once bought and sold like property for $1,450. This incredible man also served his country in the Civil War, and actually served on both sides of the conflict!

Each of these folks – some of Rochester’s most remarkable citizens – helped to pave the way on the long road towards equal rights for all people. Come join us as they return to the city they made home to entertain, educate and inspire during Walk the Walk: Encounters with Rochester’s African-American Ancestors.



Information for Teachers:

School-specific performances that meet NYS Learning Standards are scheduled for for the mornings of February 6 and 7 at the Hochstein Music School. These performances are for children in grades 3 and higher. Please note: advance registration is required.
Ask about our special program for 2ND grader on Tuesday February 4th!

  • Limited transportation subsidies available based on need.
  • These performances include one-on-one chats and interaction between the student audience and the “Ancestors,” and help educators bring to life the difficult decisions faced by their historical predecessors. Walk the Walk is also aligned with the District’s emphasis on English and Social Studies partnerships. Students experience local history in a literary context.
  • The program supports NYS social studies learning standards (1, 2) English Language Arts (1, 2, 3 and 4) and Arts (1, 3.) Pre and post visit student materials will also be provided.

For additional questions call Cindy Boyer at 585-546-7029 x12 or email

Major support for Walk the Walk comes from:

Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation

Marie C. and Joseph C. Wilson Foundation

The Community Foundation

M & T Bank 

Bergmann Associates, Inc. 

The Links, Inc., Rochester Chapter

Guido and Ellen Palma Foundation




February 7, 2014
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Hochstein School of Music Performance Hall
50 Plymouth Ave N
Rochester, NY 14614 United States
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Landmark Society – Cindy Boyer, Director of Public Programs
(585) 546-7029 x12
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