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!
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.
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!
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.