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Watch: Frederick Douglass’ descendants recite his ‘Fourth of July’ speech

Artifacts of Frederick Douglass' personal collection owned by Beinecke Library of Yale University Library.
Artifacts of Frederick Douglass' personal collection owned by Beinecke Library of Yale University Library.TUBYEZ CROPPER, BEINECKE LIBRARY/NYT

This Fourth of July, which occurs amid nationwide protests against racial injustice following high-profile killings of Black people, five descendants of Frederick Douglass read parts of his famous speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” in a video produced by National Public Radio.

NPR noted the video was inspired by a documentary project by Jennifer Crandall called “Whitman, Alabama.”

Douglass, an abolitionist who had formerly been a slave, delivered the speech in Rochester, N.Y., on July 5, 1852.

Watch the video here:


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