Program Activities 2020


  • New LGBTQ Bedford Winter Film Series
  • 20th Anniversary of the Frederick Douglass Read-a-Thon

Program Activities 2019


  • Now or Never! 54th Massachusetts Infantry’s War to End Slavery, with Ray Anthony Shepard
  • Teaching the Freed People: Reading the Diary of Ellen Kempton, with Ivy MacMahon and Lee Blake


  • Fish Fry Fundraiser For Douglass, funds raised benefit the Frederick Douglass Memorial Statue in New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Unveiling & Re-dedication Ceremony for a Lost Hero of the Abolitionist Movement with The New Bedford Preservation Society


  • African American Stops on the Massachusetts Historic Trail with Beth Luey, co-sponsored by the New Bedford Historical Society and the New Bedford Free Public Library
  • 2nd Annual Frederick Douglass Day in New Bedford, with David Blight


  • 2019 Commemoration of the First Africans Landing,  with the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and a performance by Everett Hoagland, Candida Rose and Iva Brito


  • Book Signing & Book Reading of How High The Moon by Karyn Parsons, with the New Bedford Art Museum & Cultural Consultants


  • Wrap With Spirit: The Art & Fashion of African Head Wrapping , with the Alison Wells Fine Art Studio & Gallery
  • Obama: An Intimate Portrait, Photographs by Pete Souza, with NBAM/ArtWorks!


  • 19th Annual Frederick Douglass Community Read-a-Thon  
  • Black History Month Events:
    • From Slavery to Freedom: African Americans in Maritime History
    • Whaling Captains of Color-America’s First Meritocracy
    • African Americans and the Maritime Trades
    • Happy Birthday, Frederick Douglass
    • Sgt. William H. Carney – a short film
    • New Bedford and the Underground Railroad

Program Activities 2018

  • New LGBTQ Bedford Winter Film Series
  • Douglass Bicentennial 1818 – 2018
    • #Douglasslivedhere AHA! Night
    • Brief Evidence of Heaven: poems in the voice of Anna Douglass
    • Douglass Bicentennial Celebration
    • If I Survive: Frederick Douglass and Family in Walter Evans Collection