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Frederick Douglass

Jason Moon / NHPR

Gatherings were held across New Hampshire Friday to read aloud Frederick Douglass' 1852 speech in which he famously asks, "what to the slave is the 4th of July?"

In Manchester’s Veterans Park, about a dozen people took turns reading sections of the speech at a somber ceremony.

Annie Ropeik / NHPR

Granite Staters say a famous speech by abolitionist Frederick Douglass about the 4th of July holiday still resonates today.

The 1852 address was read out simultaneously by hundreds of people in 10 New Hampshire communities and across the country Wednesday.