Frederick Douglass' name had been misspelled on the Great Western Staircase in the state Capitol for more than a century

A more than 100-year-old mistake in the spelling of 19th century abolitionist Frederick Douglass' last name on his stone carving at the New York state Capitol has been corrected.

The Great Western Staircase — also known as the “Million Dollar Staircase” — in the state Capitol is known for its elaborate carvings of 77 famous faces (and hundreds of unknown people lost to history).

Rochester’s Douglass, who has strong ties to Ontario County history, is among them, except that for over a century, the famed abolitionist’s name was misspelled. The carving only had one “s” at the end of his name.

The typo is corrected, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday.

The original carving was made sometime in the 1890s. Douglass is the only African-American among the 77 famous faces carved in the staircase.

The Douglass face is believed to have been carved into a third-floor column sometime in the 1890s, with his name spelled "Fred. Douglas." A stone carver hired by the state added the second "s'' on Wednesday.

Douglass' carving shares a four-sided column also decorated with the faces of Abraham Lincoln and Civil War generals Ulysses S. Grant and Philip Sheridan.

Cuomo says it's "only right" that Douglass' memory lives on accurately at the state Capitol.

Douglass published the North Star abolitionist newspaper in Rochester, and participated in the first Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls in 1848. As well, his ties to Ontario County are strong; he was documented to have spoken at the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse, as well as at public meetings in Canandaigua (including at the Bemis Block), Honeoye and elsewhere. His second wife, Helen Pitts, was raised in Honeoye.