The New Bedford Whaling Museum's Moby-Dick Marathon is an annual non-stop reading of Herman Melville's literary masterpiece. The multi-day program of entertaining activities and events is presented every January. Admission to the Marathon is free.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Road Trip: Frederick Douglass Read-A-Thon

Just back from the 14th Annual Frederick Douglass Read-A-Thon—a public through-reading of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, sponsored by the New Bedford Historical Society.

This year, the reading moved to the First Unitarian Church, on Eighth Street in New Bedford. This is a beautiful church, built in 1838. We were told that Frederick Douglass' first paying job in New Bedford was at this very church, shoveling coal for the minister's wife!

The sanctuary could have seated three or four times the number of folks who showed up. Where was everyone? This would be a great afternoon with your middle-school or high-school kids; and if you've never read this historic memoir, all the more reason to come next year. You won't regret it.

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