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Frederick Douglass & The 4th of July: Community Readings

July 2014

At the monument of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment on the Boston Common, more than 60 people gathered together to participate in a community reading of “The Meaning of the Fourth of July For The Negro” a speech written by Frederick Douglass in 1852.

This is a statewide community reading that is held throughout the entire summer. The event was started by the organization Community Change and is in partnership with Mass Humanities.

This particular reading in Boston welcomed members from the military, community leaders, park rangers, civil war reenactors, and other citizens who wanted to be part of this event.

Produced by Virginia DePina, Basic Black Production Coordinator.