EXETER — A public reading of one of the 19th century’s most famous speeches will take place on July 3 at the Exeter Historical Society. People of all ages and different walks of life are asked to gather at the Historical Society, 47 Front Street, to take turns reading parts of the speech, “What to the Slave is the 4th of July.”

This event will take place on Wednesday, July 3, at 7 p.m. Co-sponsored by the Racial Unity Team and New Hampshire Black Heritage Trail, this is being hosted by the Exeter Historical Society.

Douglass speech was delivered in 1852 by Frederick Douglass, when he was asked to speak at an event to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The speech provides readers opportunities to think about race relations and citizenship, and raises awareness of the role slavery and race continues to play in our history and national conversations.

Members of the public, including youngsters who can read aloud, are invited to come to the Historical Society by 7 p.m. on July 3 to sign up; each reader will be given a paragraph from Douglass’s speech; his entire speech will be read in the order in which he gave his talk.

For more information, contact pyosha@comcast.net by July 1.