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Northampton, Independence Day

July 3, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

A Public Reading of Frederick Douglass’s Fourth of July Address, What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?

The event will take place on Saturday, July 3, 2021 at 11 am outdoors on the grounds of Historic Northampton. Copies of Douglass’ speech will be distributed to all in attendance. The public can take turns reading passages from it in succession. 

The speech was first delivered in 1852 in Corinthian Hall, Rochester, New York to the Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society. The themes addressed in the speech still resonant with Americans more than 150 years after they were written.  Now more than ever, the speech forces us to reckon with the legacy of slavery and the promises of democracy.

The event is free and open to the public. 

46 Bridge Street Northampton, MA


July 3, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT


Downtown Northampton
Northampton, MA 01060 + Google Map