Rescheduled for Sunday

Reading Frederick Douglass Together

now Sunday, July 3, 2022 at 11 am

Due to the weather forecast, Reading Frederick Douglass Together

will now take place on Sunday, July 3, 2022 at 11 am.

Join us for a public reading of

Frederick Douglass's 1852 Address

What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?

Sunday, July 3, 2022 at 11 am

On the Grounds of Historic Northampton

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Come to listen or come to read a passage.

The public can take turns reading passages in succession.

The program will last about one hour.

200 chairs will be available. Feel free to bring your own chair.

During the reading, the grounds are closed to dog walking.

Certified service dogs only, please.

Organized under the auspices of Mass Humanities, this statewide event

is designed to bring people together to read Frederick Douglass’s words

and reflect on how themes addressed in the speech still resonate

with Americans more than 150 years after they were written.

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The Northampton event is presented by Mass Humanities

and Historic Northampton in partnership with:

  • State Representative Lindsay Sabadosa
  • Smith College Museum of Art
  • City of Northampton
  • The David Ruggles Center for History and Education
  • Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership
  • Daily Hampshire Gazette
  • Greenfield Savings Bank
  • The Markham Nathan Fund for Social Justice
  • Abundance Farm
  • Congregation B'nai Israel
  • Center for New Americans
  • St. John's Episcopal Church
  • The League of Women Voters
  • Pioneer Valley Workers Center
  • First Churches of Northampton
  • Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence
  • Healthy Hampshire Mass in Motion
  • Edwards Church of Northampton

Historic Northampton

46 Bridge Street

Northampton, MA 01060

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