The Salem Athenaeum will host a public reading of Frederick Douglass’s speech, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July,” which will include passages read by members of the North Shore community on June 12 at 3:00 pm at the Tabernacle Church.
Douglass first gave this speech, perhaps his most famous, in Rochester, NY on July 5, 1852. The reading will be followed by an ice cream reception where we encourage the audience and readers to continue the conversation.
This event is free to the public. If attendees would like to contribute to the event, donations in the form of food, grocery gift cards, or money will be gratefully accepted on behalf of The Salem Pantry.
This program is made possible by a grant from Mass Humanities, which provided funding through the Massachusetts Cultural Council.