Honor the Fourth of July this year with New Philadelphia and Frederick Douglass — “What to the Slave is your Fourth of July?”

Join a nationwide “group watch” on July 4, 2020 at 10 am Illinois time, or plan your own Fourth of July viewing anytime.  New Philadelphia descendant Gerald McWorter and other representatives of the nation’s Underground Railroad sites will read the renowned Frederick Douglass speech, “What to the Slave is your Fourth of July?”  Mr. Douglass delivered the speech in 1852. It has rung true and been recited ever since.  With multiple crises facing our nation, 2020 is a year to learn from his words and from all the sites represented in this reading.

List of voices here.