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    September 12, 2018
    NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to collaborate with the Nantucket Atheneum and the African Meeting House to offer a special program to commemorate the 200th birth anniversary of Frederick Douglass.

    On September 22, these three organizations will recognize the first of Frederick Douglass’s historic visits to Nantucket with a special program of events. Historical character actor, Guy Peartree, will perform as Douglass for a reenactment of the famous anti-slavery orator’s speech at the Nantucket Atheneum in 1841. In the performance Peartree will also deliver a one-man play encompassing Douglass’s life as a slave, his relationships and experiences, his education, escape from slavery and ascendancy as America’s foremost black abolitionist. Later in the afternoon the African Meeting House will host a Q&A session with Guy Peartree as Frederick Douglass and a concert of traditional African-American music with the Jason Sullivan Project. The group performs regular jazz concerts inside the African Meeting House, generously supported by private donors.

    “The Frederick Douglass workgroup made up of four like-minded island organizations have been working diligently to honor Douglass’ 200th birthday and five visits to Nantucket Island”, says Kimal McCarthy, Adult Programs Associate at the Nantucket Atheneum. “The celebrations on September 22 aim to recreate historic moments for today’s audience, and we hope many locals will attend the day’s events”.

    This program of events is free and open to the public.


    The NHA’s mission is to tell the inspiring stories of Nantucket through its collections, programs, and properties.
    Bridgette Hynes, NHA Director of Marketing
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