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Reading Frederick Douglass Together
Tuesday, July 4 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pmFree
The Royall House and Slave Quarters is hosting its first-ever Reading Frederick Douglass Together program on the museum grounds. Community members are invited to gather on the lawn in front of the historic Slave Quarters building to read/listen to Douglass’s “What, To The Slave, is the Fourth of July?” to honor the long history of Black activism, critique, and abolition. The program will begin with a libation ceremony to honor the people who were enslaved on the plantation. Scholar/activist David Harris and members of the Mystic Valley Area Branch NAACP will launch the reading, then invite community members to read sections of the speech. A poetry reading by Terry E. Carter, Medford’s poet laureate emeritus, will close the program. After the event, community members are invited to an open house inside the Royall House and the Slave Quarters. Light refreshments will be provided. This program is free and open to all. Supported by a grant from Mass Humanities with funding made possible by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.