In 1852, former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass was invited to speak at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. He delivered a speech that has become known as “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro.” In it he rebuked the country for slavery, which he called "the great sin and shame of America."
The week beginning June 28, 2015, the speech was read in Vermont in over a dozen communities. The events are called Reading Frederick Douglass. On July 3, 2015, Reading Frederick Douglass was performed in Montpelier, VT on the steps of City Hall / Lost Nation Theater (Montpelier’s Resident Professional Theater).
It's not that the United States of America is the greatest country in the world; it's that it is sincere in its struggle aiming to be. This is why I'm proud to be a member of its diverse population. Happy 4th of July!
Vermont History Museum
The "Freedom and Unity: One Ideal, Many Stories," exhibit opened in March 2004 and won a national award. The multimedia exhibit represents Vermont's history from 1600 to the present. Visitors walk through time and experience a full-sized Abenaki wigwam, a re-creation of the Catamount Tavern where Ethan Allen's Green Mountain Boys gathered, a railroad station complete with a working telegraph and a WWII living room furnished with period music and magazines. This video captures a sampling of this 5,000 square feet exhibit.