33 William St
New Bedford, MA 02740
Two books that witnessed almost mythical moments in American history will reunite in New Bedford. The exhibit will remain open daily 1:00-4:00 PM through October at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park MakerSpace, 33 William Street and there is no charge for admission.
In September of 1838, Frederick and Anna Douglass arrived in New Bedford a mere 14 days after escaping Maryland, and Frederick’s enslavement. Among their possessions were three books. One of them, a hymnal called The Seraph, will return to New Bedford this fall. Additionally, sometime after his arrival, Douglass purchased his first book, The Works of Robert Burns, probably in New Bedford. In 1869, Douglass gave the book to his son, Lewis, with the inscription, “from his affectionate father – Frederick Douglass Oct.15 1869.”