ROLLINSFORD – The public is invited to participate in a community reading of Frederick Douglass' famous speech “What to the slave is your Fourth of July” at Rollinsford’s Colonel Paul Wentworth House from 11 am to noon on Thursday, July 4.
Born into slavery, Frederick Douglass was one of the most famous intellectuals of 19th century America. An eloquent writer and fiery orator, he was an outspoken advocate for the abolition of slavery and for equal rights for blacks, women, and other oppressed people. In his address to the Rochester (NY) Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society on July 5, 1852, Douglass exposed the contradiction between slavery in America and the values of liberty and freedom celebrated in the Declaration of Independence. His words are still pertinent today.
The public is invited to honor the memory of the enslaved people who lived and worked at the Wentworth House and elsewhere in our community through a group reading of this powerful speech. Admission is free. To volunteer as a reader or to request more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The circa 1701 Colonel Paul Wentworth House is located on Water Street in Rollinsford and is maintained by the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH) as an educational and cultural center for Rollinsford and the surrounding community.