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Jonathan Bourne Public Library

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Reading Frederick Douglass Together at Aptucxet

Wednesday, June 19th 5:00 pm

The Museum at Aptucxet

A collaboration between Mass Humanities, The Bourne Historical Society & The Jonathan Bourne Public Library


Schedule of Events

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglas lived in New Bedford after freeing himself from an American slave plantation.

  • Welcome
  • Group reading of Frederick Douglass’ speech: “What, to the slave, is the Fourth of July?
  • Story Walk
  • Family Cookout
  • Goodnight

The Juneteenth Holiday

On June 19th, 1865 word came to enslaved people in Texas that U.S. laws permitting their enslavement had been abolished. The Juneteenth Holiday celebrates this event.


Cookout Event Details

Time & Date

Wednesday, June 19th 5pm


The Museums at Aptucxet

6 Aptucxet Road

Bourne, MA 02532