In honor of the Fourth of July in all its forms, both the celebratory and the often overlooked, the Friends of the Edgartown Library will once again sponsor a special reading of Frederick Douglass’ speech, The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro. The event will take place at the Federated Church where Frederick Douglass once spoke in 1857.

Various readers from the Vineyard community will read, beginning at noon on Tuesday, July 5.