Fourteenth Annual Frederick Douglass Community Read-a-Thon. The New Bedford Historical Society is hosting the Fourteenth Annual Community Read-a-thon of the first autobiography of Frederick Douglass, "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave" (1845). This event is being held in celebration of African American History Month and honors Douglass as one of the great men of the 19th century, an early advocate for African American civil rights and the rights of women. This year the read-a-thon will celebrate the 175th anniversary of Douglass’s journey to New Bedford and the beginning of his life as a free man.
Members of the New Bedford community are invited to join the event as readers in this celebration of the life of one of New Bedford’s great men.
Cost: free. Refreshments will be available.
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