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Frederick Douglas Speech Read On Juneteenth Holiday

June 26, 2024

On June 19th, than two dozen Natick residents engaged in a relay-reading of Frederick Douglas’ speech “What to a Slave is the Fourth of July.” First delivered by Douglas on July 5, 1852, the speech emphasizes the brutality of slavery (which was still being practiced in the United States at the time) and the hypocrisy of a nation claiming to celebrate liberty and independence while keeping slaves. You can watch a recording of this community reading thanks to Natick Pegasus. If you do, you will see many familiar faces among the readers.