NEWBURYPORT – The First Religious Society Unitarian Universalist and the Museum of Old Newbury will host a community reading of Frederick Douglass's impassioned 1852 speech, “The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro” on Sunday, July 1 at 11 a.m. at 26 Pleasant St.
This is the first time this program has been offered in Newburyport, and it celebrates the bicentennial of Douglass’ birth. For the July 1 event, readers from the community will orate the Douglass speech. This event, made possible through a grant from Mass Humanities, is public and open to all.
A brief discussion following the declamation will be led by humanities scholar and historian William F. Quigley, Jr., a teacher of history at The Governor’s Academy in Byfield. During his 25 years at the academy, he has served as head of the history department, dean of academics and dean of faculty/assistant head of school. Quigley is founding director of the Academy’s Writing Center, and is author of the recent book, Pure Heart. Light refreshments will be served.