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Chapin Library hosting July 4 reading of Declaration of Independence, Frederick Douglass speech

Mon, July 4th, 2022
1:30 pm
- 2:00 pm

The Chapin Library of rare books at Williams College will host the annual July 4 reading of the Declaration of Independence by actors from the Williamstown Theatre Festival at 1:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Actors will read from the fourth floor outside balcony of Sawyer Library. Visitors should gather on the library quad west of Sawyer Library and between Schapiro and Hollander halls.

Since 1987, Williams College and the Williamstown Theatre Festival have made it an annual tradition to celebrate Independence Day by reading the Declaration of Independence, the British reply of September 1776, and the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. This year’s reading will also include a selection from “What to a Slave Is the Fourth of July,” an 1852 speech by Frederick Douglass.

After the readings, the Chapin Library’s collection of the Founding Documents will be on view from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Chapin Gallery on the fourth floor of Sawyer Library (Room 406).

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