Frederick Douglas, an African American civil rights
activist, was critical of the fair because he felt it overlooked
the accomplishments of non-europeans. He gave a speech on a day
that was devoted to African Americans. At the time, that day
was referred to as "colored day." Ida B. Wells, another African
American civil rights activist, boycotted that day because she
felt it was racist.
Thompson, J.W. History of the Douglass Monument. Rochester: Rochester Herald Press, 1903. Further reproduction or distribution is prohibited without permission.