Frederick Douglass in Rhode Island

A 3-Day Celebration:

Oct. 9-Nov. 19, 2020

All Events are Virtual


Day One

Frederick Douglass:

Prophet of Freedom

A Talk with

Pulitzer Prize Winner

Dr. David Blight

With music by the

Schiller Boston

Community Chorus


Friday, Oct. 9 at 6PM

Providence Athenaeum

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Day Two

Frederick Douglass in Newport

A Talk with John Rice

Thursday, Nov. 19 at 6:00PM

The Redwood Library & Athenaeum


Dr. John Rice

Frederick Douglass made his first 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, will explore the important connections Douglass maintained in Newport, including that of the nation’s foremost Black caterer and activist, George T. Downing. The homestead at 23 Thomas Street has been continuously occupied by the Rice family for over 200 years.

Day Three

Frederick Douglass


Date to be determined

Central Falls High School


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.

Unknown Track - Unknown Artist
00:00 / 00:00

Herman H. Rose Civic, Cultural and Media Access Fund 

Providence City Archives

NAACP Branch of Newport

Lease A. Plimpton

Barbara J. Silvis