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Author of Frederick Douglass book to speak in Lynn

LYNN — The author of a recent book on Frederick Douglass will discuss the famous abolitionist on April 26 at the Lynn Museum to help mark the 200th anniversary of Douglass’ birth.

Former news reporter Tom Dalton will discuss “Frederick Douglass: The Lynn Years (1841-1848),” and sign copies of his book on at 7 p.m. at the Museum, 590 Washington St. Admission is free.

Dalton’s book is based largely on letters and newspaper articles from the 1840s and follows Douglass from his arrival in the city as an unknown, 23-year-old fugitive slave to his departure more than six years later as one of the best-known abolitionists and orators in this country and abroad.

Douglass, who was born in 1818, is generally regarded as the most prominent African-American in the 19th century. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he lived in New Bedford, Lynn, Rochester, N.Y., and Washington, D.C.

Dalton is a retired reporter for the Daily Item and Salem News who won or shared more than a dozen writing awards. He also is a former board member of the Lynn Historical Society.

The book signing and talk is one of a series of events planned by the Lynn Douglass 200 Committee, which also is sponsoring a Juneteenth Celebration on June 23 on Lynn Common; the reading of a famous Douglass speech July 3 at High Rock Tower Park; and a gospel concert and tour of abolitionist graves in Pine Grove Cemetery in the fall.

For a complete list of events, go @LynnDouglass200 on Facebook.

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