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Frederick Douglass in Rhode Island

A 3-Day Celebration:

Oct. 9-Dec. 7, 2020

All Events are Virtual

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Dr. David Blight


Day One

Frederick Douglass:

Prophet of Freedom

A Talk with

Pulitzer Prize Winner

Dr. David Blight

With music by the

Schiller Choruses


Friday, Oct. 9 at 6PM

Providence Athenaeum


Thanks to the 728 people who attended!

Day Two

Frederick Douglass in Newport

A Talk with John Rice

Thursday, Nov. 19 at 6:00PM

The Redwood Library & Athenaeum


Thanks to the over 1,000 people who attended!


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Dr. John Rice

Frederick Douglass made his second stop on the road to freedom in Newport in 1838 before settling in nearby New Bedford. In this eye-opening talk, Dr. John Rice, the great-great grandson of Newport's Isaac Rice, a close friend, anti-slavery ally, and regular host of Frederick Douglass, explored the important connections Douglass maintained in Newport, including that of the nation’s foremost Black caterer and activist, George T. Downing. The Rice homestead at 23 Thomas Street, where Douglass stayed, was a site of the Underground Railroad, and has been continuously occupied by the Rice family for over 200 years.

Day Three

Frederick Douglass

Speaks: "What the Black Man Wants"

December 7, 2020

Central Falls High School

Woosocket High School

Paul Cuffee School


Thanks to the 119 people who attended!


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Trinity actor, Joe Wilson, Jr. will portray Frederick Douglass delivering his famous speech, "What the Black Man Wants" in this special performance created just for Central Fall High School students.

Our sponsors

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Herman H. Rose Civic, Cultural and Media Access Fund 
      rovidence City Archives
NAACP Newport County
Lease A. Plimpton
Barbara J. Silvis
Stone Mill Lodge #3 of the Most Worshipful
Prince Hall Masons of Rhode Island

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