Second Annual Frederick Douglass Day

Second Annual Frederick Douglass Day

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 07:00pm – 08:30pm
First Unitarian Church, 71 8th St, New Bedford, MA 02740 (map)

Tomorrow is the Second Annual Frederick Douglass Day in New Bedford, a celebration of the day young Frederick and Anna Douglass made it safely to New Bedford on the Underground Railroad in mid-September, 1838.

There will be an observance on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 from 7-8:30pm at the First Unitarian Church, 71 Eighth Street, New Bedford, MA 02740, sponsored by the New Bedford Historical Society in cooperation with the Organization of American Historians.

David Blight will be the keynote speaker. Blight will read from his biography, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, a winner of the Bancroft Prize for American History and one of the NYT Books of the year. David Blight is the director of the Gilder Lehman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale and author of a number of books on the Civil War, Douglass, and slave narratives. Blight weaves the history of African Americans and connects to the contemporary issues of race and social justice.