On Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 3 ‐ 8 p.m., at the Lynn Public Library, there will be a public reading of The Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written By Himself.
This event is being held for the 3rd year in commemoration of Black History Month and Frederick Douglass’ time in Lynn.
February is also significant because it was believed that Douglass was born in the month because of a notation in a plantation log where he was born. Douglass himself thought that his birthday could have been Valentine’s Day because his mother referred to him as her “little valentine.”
Frederick Douglass wrote his autobiography in Lynn, Mass. in the winter of 1845 while living on Newhall Street. He wrote it mainly to refute doubters who did not believe that he had been a slave because he was such a powerful intellectual “educated” orator.
The book is the gripping story of his life in slavery and his bold escape to the North and to freedom.
The public is invited to join in as the book is read aloud from 3 ‐ 8 pm. People are welcome to stay as long as they want, take part by reading aloud a page, make some art or just to sit and listen as Lynn’s local hero Frederick Douglass is celebrated.
Free copy of book to first 50 readers.
Light refreshments will be provided by the North Shore Community College Black History Month Committee.
The Lynn Public Library is located at 5 N. Common Street.