Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, New York

Photo by Michael Kleen

Mount Hope Cemetery, at 1133 Mount Hope Avenue, in Rochester, New York, was founded in 1838 as a municipal rural cemetery on the hills overlooking the Genesee River. It sprawls over 196 acres adjacent to the University of Rochester. More than 350,000 former residents are interred there, including abolitionist Frederick Douglass, suffragette Susan B. Anthony, and city founder Nathaniel Rochester.

All Life Ends

Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in Maryland, escaped to Massachusetts in 1838, and became an abolitionist. His autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845), was popular in the North, and Douglass quickly became a leading voice in the antislavery movement.

Tree of Suffering

This handmade metal cross weighted with a cement base is partially engraved in German. It says: “Hier ruth [ruht] in Gott,” or “Here rest in God.” The German word “ruht” is spelled incorrectly. It also says, “Sleep Well” in English.

If You Will

Susan B. Anthony came from a family of New England Quakers. She was an abolitionist and suffragette, President of the National Woman Suffrage Association, and is widely credited for inspiring passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.


Monument to Henry and Helen Likly and family. Henry, Canadian by birth, was a leather maker who co-founded Henry Likly & Co. (which became simply Likly’s in 1925). He sold leather suitcases, trunks, handbags, and other items.


Author: Michael Kleen

Michael Kleen is an author, raconteur, and occasional traveler. He has a M.A. in History and M.S. in Education. He enjoys studying military history, folklore, and philosophy.

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