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  • Betty A. Burnett

Ain't no Mastuh Gonna Hold Me Back!

African American Historical Sites

This is the last weekend for celebrating African American History, and I am excited to post the last places today and tomorrow. It has been so much fun sharing my travels to different African American Historical sites the Lord has allowed me to tour include Rochester, New York and Washington, DC.

Rochester, New York

Rochester became an important hub in the Underground Railroad in the 1830s. The Genesee River’s access to Lake Ontario helped freedom seekers slip into Canada. The city was also home to Frederick Douglass, who moved to Rochester in the 1840s. His presence attracted and recruited other abolitionists. Douglass founded The North Star, an abolitionist newspaper, in the city.

Douglass' house came a prominent “stationmaster” of the route to Canada, opening his home and office to house to refugees. A bronze statue of Douglass in Highland Park honors the gifted orator. Douglass’ grave is at Mt. Hope Cemetery, a few blocks from Highland Park.

If you read his 4th of July speech in 1852,  my first thought was how in the world did he live that long (forty-three years) after making a speech like that. But I clearly understand that whatever God’s purpose is for our lives, it will be fulfilled, and nobody can do anything against anyone unless God permits it to happen.

In a very telling sign, the fateful words of Frederick Douglass from a speech he delivered nearly 171 years ago still resonate very much in 2023 as Black people in America continue the fight for the same kind of equality that the legendary abolitionist was demanding back in the mid-19th century.

This portrait is from the collection of our


Washington, DC

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is a state-of-the-art building that addresses nearly every aspect of the African American experience, covering the arts, slavery, the Civil Rights Movement, athletics and much more. 

Sojourner Truth was an African American evangelist, abolitionist, women’s rights activist and author who was born into slavery before escaping to freedom in 1826.

The Woolworth Sit-in stools - Greensboro, NC (my hometown)

African Americans not only helped to build this country through their blood sweat and tears, they also were/are some of the most skilled, talented people. Even though they are hated by many, they try to imitate them. And they even stole (took credit for) a lot of their inventions. But God is allowing all that evil to be uncovered. Thank God for all of the African Americans who paved the way for us.  

~ Betty A. Burnett ~

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