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To honor Black History Month, Greenwich Historical Society will present a series of events for driving greater understanding and appreciation of the Black American experience and more meaningful engagement in the community.
“Black history is an indelible part of our heritage as a nation and a community,” says Stephanie Barnett, associate director of public programs and community outreach for Greenwich Historical Society. “Our programs are designed to share the stories of remarkable individuals and institutions that have worked towards racial justice and a more equitable society. We are grateful for the support of outstanding local organizations who are co-sponsors of several events, including The First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich, YWCA Greenwich and the League of Women Voters of Greenwich.”
Douglass Day 2024: The Correspondence of Frederick Douglass from the Library of Congress
National Transcribe-a-Thon Creates Digital Resources for Teaching Black History
February 14, 12 – 3 pm
Location: Greenwich Historical Society, 47 Strickland Rd., Cos Cob
also via event livestream
In partnership with the League of Women Voters of Greenwich, the Historical Society invites area residents to join this national transcribe-a-thon to learn more about Black history through the lens of Douglass Day, marking the birth of Frederick Douglass whose activism and legacy remains influential today. Organized by The Center for Black Digital Research, thousands of people will gather throughout the country to help create new and freely available digital resources on African American history.
Participants in Greenwich will join others nationwide in attempting to transcribe all 8,731 pages of Douglass’s correspondence from the Library of Congress in one day, including letters from and about Douglass to family members, activists, politicians, and organizations before and after his death in 1895, Douglass’s diary, family papers, newspaper clippings, handwritten partial draft of The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, speeches, articles and more.
The three-hour program includes a presentation on Frederick Douglass’s legacy, and dramatic readings from a speech Douglass made about black activism and the importance of colored conventions. The program will be live streamed.
For more information about the transcribe-a-thon and to make a reservation: https://greenwichhistory.org/event/douglass-day-2024/