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Reading Fredrick Douglas Together

July 4, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join us for a communal reading of Frederick Douglass’ famed speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” — WITH COSTUMED CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS & FACILITATED DISCUSSION WEDNESDAY, JULY 4TH • 11:00 AM-1:00 PM • THE ROBBINS HOUSE 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. Our event begins with a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence by a Revolutionary War patriot, an abolitionist, a Civil Rights marcher, an Indigenous sovereignty activist, a Black Panther, and a Black Lives Matter protester. After this initial reading, the audience will be invited to join the actors for a community reading of Frederick Douglass’ speech. A facilitated audience dialogue will follow the readings. Kids activities will be available throughout the program. Visitors are welcomed to bring folding chairs and picnic blankets. Tours of the Robbins House will be available before and after the program. Sponsored by MassHumanities. Donations are gratefully accepted to expand our work on the African American and Antislavery history of Concord, and preserve The Robbins House as an African American and Antislavery Interpretive Center.


July 4, 2019
11:00 am - 1:00 pm


The Robbins House
320 Monument St
Concord, MA 01742 United States
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