The Rochester, N.Y. airport will be renamed in honor of the abolitionist, writer and statesman Frederick Douglass, who lived in the city for 25 years.

The name change was approved by the Monroe County, N.Y. legislature on Tuesday night. The airport will now formally be called Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport.

"Each time residents and visitors arrive to our airport, they will be reminded of Douglass's life and legacy of fighting oppression," said county legislators Vincent Felder and Karla Boyce, sponsors of the name change measure, in a joint statement.

"Our remembrance through the airport renaming serves as recognition of our past and promise of the work our community will do to make Monroe County a welcoming place for all."

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