Frederick Douglass Field


Nick Romanenko

Alumni Field at Rutgers University–Newark has been renamed Frederick Douglass Field in recognition of the revered 19th-century civil rights pioneer. At the invitation of local abolitionist leaders, Douglass delivered an address on April 17, 1849, at Newark’s First African Presbyterian Church, which once stood where the Rutgers–Newark athletics field borders University Avenue today. Theodore Frelinghuysen, the seventh president of Rutgers, had donated the lot to a group seeking to build the church.