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Reading of “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July”

July 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join the New Bedford Historical Society for a public reading of “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July” as they read Douglass in the shadow of the decision to overturn Roe vs Wade.

The reading will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 8 at Seaman’s Bethel, 15 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford.
Community Members are asked to join and read a section of the speech. No sign-up in advance is required, and the Society will provide sections of the speech for individuals to read.

For additional information or to volunteer to read contact the New Bedford Historical Society at (508) 979-8828 or visit

Following the reading, the Society will have a public discussion on the legacy of the speech and how it captures the moment that women now find themselves in. The event is free and open to the public.

The speech was delivered on July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York. The speech reflects on the American values of liberty, citizenship, and freedom, and the hypocrisy of not bestowing these values to the enslaved population of the U.S.


July 8
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Seamen’s Bethel
15 Johnny Cake Hill
New Bedford, MA United States
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