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Reading Frederick Douglass

On July 5, 1852 (before the Civil War) Frederick Douglass, a former slave and leading abolitionist, stunned his hosts in Rochester, New York at an event commemorating Independence Day: "Fellow citizens, why am I called upon to speak here today? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak today? What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?" Certainly not freedom in 1852.  
Varnum Memorial Library and Cambridge Historical Society invite Lamoille Residents to read Frederick Douglass’ fiery speech together on July 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cambridge Historical Society in Jeffersonville. Community members are invited to read a paragraph in the communal reading.
Discussion will follow led by Bob Walsh, author of The Other America: the African American Experience; and Through White Eyes: Color and Racism in Vermont and Hal Colston, Vermont’s Man of the Year. 
For more information, visit or 644-2117; to join in reading, contact Donna Rooney:; 730-4655.