Reading Frederick Douglass

Over 20 Vermont communities will read Frederick Douglass’s speech, “The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro” on or around July 4.

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Reading Frederick Douglass

Public readings of Douglass’ famous speech on or close to July 4. Learn more.

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Upcoming Events

Fri 01

Reading Frederick Douglass Enosburgh Falls

July 1
6:30 pm
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Join us as we read together the fiery July 5, 1852 speech in which the great abolitionist orator Frederick Douglass took exception to being asked to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This is a participatory event. Read More »
Fri 01

Reading Frederick Douglass Manchester

July 1
6:30 pm
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Join us as we read together the fiery July 5, 1852 speech in which the great abolitionist orator Frederick Douglass took exception to being asked to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This is a participatory event. Read More »
Sun 03

Reading Frederick Douglass Montpelier

July 3
12:00 pm
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Join us as we read together the fiery July 5, 1852 speech in which the great abolitionist orator Frederick Douglass took exception to being asked to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This is a participatory event. Read More »
Sun 03

Reading Frederick Douglass Brownington

July 3
3:00 pm
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Join us as we read together the fiery July 5, 1852 speech in which the great abolitionist orator Frederick Douglass took exception to being asked to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This is a participatory event. Read More »