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Reading Frederick Douglass
July 4 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Join us for a conversation about independence on July 4th
Visitors can take part in a communal reading of Frederick Douglass’s speech, with costumed readers voicing different eras of African American civil rights activism. A moderated discussion will follow.
WHAT: Considered one of the most daring, eloquent speeches in the English language, Frederick Douglass’s fiery 1852 speech, “What to the Slave is the 4th of July?” challenges its audience, then and now, to consider the meaning of freedom, citizenship and patriotism.
WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, at 11 am
WHERE: The Robbins House, 320 Monument Street, across from the Old Manse and North Bridge
FREE AND OPEN TO ALL: Bring a blanket or folding chair. Drinks, hats and fans available to help manage the heat!
OUR EVENT INCLUDES
A participatory community reading of Douglass’s speech accompanied by costumed readers representing different eras of civil rights activism, including:
- a Civil War era abolitionist
- a 1960s era Civil Rights marcher
- a 1970s era Black Panther
- a present day Indigenous Sovereignty activist
- a present day Black Lives Matter protester
The community reading will be followed by a moderated audience discussion with historians.
Refreshments and kids’ activities available.
This event is timed to end at 1 pm, when the Minute Man National Historical Park annual reading of the Declaration of Independence begins at the North Bridge.
Sponsored by MassHumanities.