On June 12, 2022, the Salem Athenaeum will host a public reading of Frederick Douglass’s speech, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July.”
Douglass first gave this speech, perhaps his most famous, in Rochester, New York on July 5, 1852. As an acclaimed abolitionist orator and agent for The Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, Douglass gave many speeches across the North and Midwest United States, including in Salem.
The reading will be followed by a reception where we encourage the audience and readers to continue the conversation. Light refreshments will be served.
This event will be held at the Tabernacle Congregational Church at 50 Washington St. in Salem at 3:00 pm and 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 (MCC).