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2018 Events

Thursday, June 14, 7:00 PM

The Women in Frederick Douglass’s Life & the Unsung Women of Social Change (You)

Join Mass Humanities and The Lynn Museum as we welcome noted scholar Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello for a
lecture and discussion on Leigh Fought’s book, Women in the World of Frederick Douglass. Leaders are
supported by the often unrecognized work of others. We will discuss the import of these roles and the limitations of women in the 19th century, through the critical work of women in the Labor and the Civil Rights Movements. What does today’s #MeToo and Time’s Up movements say about the situation now? How can we support and shine a light on the important work both women and men are making in the continuing work of social justice.

Lynn Museum, 590 Washington St.
Lynn, Essex County, MA
contact: 781-581-6200
web: @LynnDouglass200 (Facebook)
email: elena@lynnmuseum.org

Tuesday, June 26, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Frederick Douglass: The Lynn Years

Essex Heritage is proud to present long-time Salem News and Lynn Item reporter Tom Dalton for a talk about his recent book on the Lynn years of Frederick Douglass. The book, titled, “Frederick Douglass: The Lynn Years (1841-1848),” is based largely on letters and newspaper articles from the 1840s. It follows Douglass from his arrival in Lynn as an unknown 23-year-old fugitive slave to his departure more than six years later as one of the best known abolitionists and orators in the country and abroad.

Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W
Salem, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
web: http://bit.ly/2sSBiqx
cost: Free

Sunday, July 1, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

We Read Frederick Douglass as One Brockton Community in Twelve
Languages (Brockton)

Citizens of Brockton will read “What to the Slave is the 4th of July” out loud in the Douglass Community Garden in the language of their ancestors to honor our city’s diversity. As part of the tradtional reading, we have volunteers who will read each paragraph, representing twelve different languages. After the reading, we will enjoy a community conversation and social to discuss how the themes of the speech and Mr. Douglass’s life resonate today.

Frederick Douglass Community Garden, 93 Frederick Douglass Avenue
Brockton, Plymouth County, MA
contact: 774-381-8050
web: www.douglassbrockton.org
email: fdnabrockton@gmail.com
cost: Free

Monday, July 2, 2018 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Reading Douglass in the Age of Trump (New Bedford)

Join the New Bedford Historical Society for a community reading of “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July.” Douglass’s powerful speech, given in 1852, asks important questions about racial justice our society is still wrestling with today.

Seamen’s Bethel, 15 Johnny Cake Hill
New Bedford, Bristol County, MA
contact: 508-979-8828
web: http://www.nbhistoricalsociety.org
email: info@nbhistoricalsociety.org
cost: Free

Tuesday, July 3, 12:00 PM

Reading Frederick Douglass (Boston)

Mass Humanities’ signature communal reading of Frederick Douglass’s speech in which he took exception to
being asked to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Boston Common at the State House, Shaw-MA 54th Memorial
Boston, MA
contact: 413-584-8440
email: rsackey-milligan@masshumanities.org
cost: Free

Tuesday, July 3, 12:00 PM

Reading Frederick Douglass (Edgartown)

The Friends of Edgartown Library is sponsoring the annual communal reading of Frederick Douglass’s speech. Contact Mary Carpenter at maryjanecarpenter3@gmail.com for more information. Held at the Federated Church in Edgartown.

Tuesday, July 3, 12:00 PM

Reading Frederick Douglass (Worcester)

Worcester Roots Project will collaborate with Music Mania Television to produce the annual reading of Douglass’s speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” to commemorate his bicentennial at Worcester Common-Worcester City Hall. More information is available at Cedric.musicmaniatv@gmail.com or http://www.facebook.com/frederickdouglasscommunalreadingworcesterma.

Tuesday, July 3, 6:00 PM

Reading Frederick Douglass (Lynn)

Join us for our 8th annual reading of the Mass Humanities program “Reading Frederick Douglass” at the beautiful High Rock Tower Park. All the usual favorites that make up this highly anticipated community event over the July 4th weekend are in place; the local musical and dance acts, local food vendors and pony rides are on board and ready for action! Per usual, we are delighted to offer this event free to the public.

High Rock Tower Park, 30 Circuit Ave
Lynn, Essex County, MA
email: wendy_joseph@mac.com
cost: Free

Wednesday, July 4, 4:30PM – 5:30 PM

Reading Frederick Douglass (Oak Bluffs)

Renaissance House, a retreat for writers and Off Center Theatre, will be producing Frederick Douglass’s famous speech, “What To The Slave Is The 4th of July?” The audience is invited to participate.

Inkwell Beach
Oak Bluffs, Dukes County, MA
contact: 917-747-0367
email: Offcentrtheatre@aol.com
cost: Free

Wednesday, July 4, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Reading Frederick Douglass and the Declaration of Independence
(Plainfield)

Join us for the third annual community reading and discussion of the Declaration of Independence and abolitionist Frederick Douglass’s 1852 Fourth of July speech in response, challenging Americans to live up to our founding principles. We will read the documents aloud, taking turns, and then we’ll talk.
Shaw Memorial Library Pavilion (behind Library) 312 Main Street

Plainfield, Hampshire County, MA
email: plainfieldmareads@gmail.com
cost: Free

Wednesday, July 4, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Reading Frederick Douglass (Concord)

At The Robbins House in Concord a re-enactor in 18th century dress will set the background for this participatory reading of Douglass’s 1852 speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” Key ideas from the Declaration to Douglass to the Black Lives Matter movement will be central to the facilitated conversation that immediately follows. The final activity is the traditional reading of the Declaration of Independence by the North Bridge hosted by the National Park at 1:00. Inquiries can be made at info@robbinshouse.org or 978 254-1745.

Thursday, July 5, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Reading Frederick Douglass (Grafton)

The Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Grafton and Upton (UUSGU) has organized local nonprofits to gather as many people of all backgrounds and ages on the Grafton Common to experience the moving words of Frederick Douglass’s speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” The reading will be followed by a discussion group(s) to explore the meaning and relevance of Douglass’s words today, “particularly as they relate to race, gender and immigration.” Contact Suzanne Mass for more information at smaas2410@icloud.com or visit http://uusgu.org/event/reading-frederick-douglass-together.

August 2018

Douglass Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit (Brockton)

To honor the Bicentennial Celebration, the Frederick Douglass Neighborhood Assocation has created a traveling exhibit that tells the amazing story of Frederick Douglass and connects him to the diversity of Brockton today. Original pieces by Brockton artists highlight the connection of Douglass to Haiti, Cape Verde, Ireland, women and veterans. The display will be in the Main Branch of the Brockton Public Library in August.

Brockton Public Library
Brockton, Plymouth County, MA (Southeast)
web: www.douglassbrockton.org
email: madeline-smith@hotmail.com
cost: Free

Saturday, September 15, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Visioning Anna Douglass

As part of the 200th anniversary of the life of Frederick Douglass, author Nzadi Keita will read from ‘Brief Evidence of Heaven,’ a book of persona poems that give voice to Anna Douglass’s life and times as she supported her family and her husband. Nzadi will pay homage to the woman who worked as an advocate and abolitionist in her own right.

Gallery X, 169 William Street, New Bedford
contact: 508-979-8828
email: info@nbhistoricalsociety.org
cost: Free

Friday, September 28, 2018 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

NewsFlash: Frederick Douglass Ejected from Lynn Train!

On September 28, 1841, Frederick Douglass was forcibly ejected from Eastern Railroad train for refusal to ride in the “Jim Crow” car. Having purchased a first-class ticket he sat beside his friend James Buffum (a future Mayor of Lynn) on their way to an abolitionist event. The conductor engaged some roughs to get Douglass out of his seat, but that did not happen until Douglass was thrown to the sidewalk, taking that train bench with him! Come watch our re-enactment of this early progenitor of the non-violent protest movement.
Exchange St. train station entrance opposite 25 Exchange St.

Lynn, Essex County, MA
contact: 617-680-1707
web: www.facebook.com/LynnDouglass200
email: wendy_joseph@mac.com
cost: Free

Sunday, October 14, 2018 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Finding Frederick Douglass and the Abolitionists

Come spend a beautiful autumn morning for this special tour of abolitionist graves and storytelling by scholar Julia Greene.

Pine Grove Cemetery, 145 Boston St.
Lynn, Essex County, MA
contact: 339-293-3811
web: www.facebook.com/LynnDouglass200
email: JuliaGreene150@gmail.com
cost: Free

February through October, 2018

Frederick Douglass’ 200th Birthday – Lynn, MA

Celebrating the life and birth of Frederick Douglass is happening throughout the year in Lynn. Discussions, films, readings, and music celebrations are just some of what’s happening. Follow them on Facebook or download their Douglass brochure below.
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