Vermont communities hold readings of abolitionists’ speech

June 22, 2019

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Humanities Council says communities around Vermont will be holding readings in late June and early July of the 1852 Independence Day speech of abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

Organizers say in the fiery speech Douglass, a former slave, took exception to being asked to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

The communities holding readings include Montpelier, Norwich, Randolph, Tunbridge, Waterbury, Wells River and Worcester.

Copies of the speech will be provided and community members are invited to join the reading.

A full list of the planned readings is available on the Vermont Humanities Council website.

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