Reading Frederick Douglass 2019

Event details

  • Tuesday | July 2, 2019
  • 6:30 pm
  • Norwich Congregational Church

Join us at Norwich Congregational Church as we read the July 5, 1852 speech in which the great abolitionist and orator, Frederick Douglass, protested being asked to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

This is a participatory event–community members of all ages are invited to witness and to join in the reading. Refreshments and conversation to follow.

More Context:
In 1852, Frederick Douglass, one of our nation’s greatest orators and abolitionists, was asked to speak at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In his provocative speech, Douglass said, “This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn.” And he asked, “Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak to-day?”