Rochester: 1899. First Edition. Program measuring 9 x 4 inches. Fine condition, slightest normal tanning to margins. Item #List1625
The dedication program for the unveiling of the Frederick Douglass memorial in Rochester New York, on June 9, 1899. The statue was created four years after Douglass’ death in 1895, and was set originally at Central Avenue and North St. Paul Street, the site of Douglass’s July 4, 1852 speech, in which he asked “What, to the slave, is the Fourth of July?, “ part of which follows:
“What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelly to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciations of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade, and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy—a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices, more shocking and bloody, than are the people of these United States, at this very hour.”
Two copies in OCLC.