The New Bedford Historical Society hosts the 21st annual Frederick Douglass community Read-a-thon of the first autobiography of Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, written by Douglass in 1845. This event celebrates Black History Month, honoring Douglass as a New Bedford resident, one of the great men of the 19th century, and an early advocate for African American civil rights and the human rights of women and Native peoples.
Members of the community are invited to join as readers. In addition to the reading there will be a celebration of Douglass’ birthday on February 14th with gifts of the Douglass statue maquette to the Frederick Douglass Academy at the Alma del Mar school and to the Free Public Library. The statue was commissioned by the New Bedford Historical Society for the newly designated Abolition Row Historic District and Abolition Row Park.
The New Bedford Historical Society is a non-profit organization that preserves and celebrates the heritage of African Americans, Cape Verdeans, Native Americans, West Indians and other people of color in New Bedford, Massachusetts.