Rising Towards Unity

Rising Towards Unity is a series of events that seeks to raise awareness of the influential role our history of slavery continues to play in the United States as we struggle to achieve a more equal, just, and peaceful society.

March 12, 2019

TransAtlantic by Colum McCann

A tale spanning 150 years and two continents reimagines the peace efforts of democracy champion Frederick Douglass

A community reading lead by the Friends of the Grafton Public Library

7:00 pm – Grafton Historical Society

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March 24, 2019

Yours for Humanity – Abby

Meet Massachusetts’ radical abolitionist, human and women’s rights activist – Abby Kelley Foster

Lynne McKenney Lydick

2:00 pm – Grafton Historical Society

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April 28, 2019

Life of Frederick Douglass

Learn about this extraordinary social justice activist and why his words and work still matter

Edward O’Donnell

2:00 pm – South Grafton Community House

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June 2, 2019

Women in the World of Frederick Douglass

The story of the important women who created and supported Frederick Douglass

Leigh Fought

2:00 pm – Grafton Community Barn

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July 5, 2019

Reading Frederick Douglas Together

Community gathering to experience the moving words of Frederick Douglass’ famous speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

6:00 pm – Grafton Common

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Full text of speech

Rising Towards Unity is a project of:
  • Friends of the Grafton Public Library
  • Grafton Historical Society
  • Grafton Public Library
  • Unitarian Universalist Society of Grafton & Upton