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Friday, November 1, 6 – 9pm


Music, poetry, and dance bring the words of Frederick Douglass to life.

$28; Patrons, Contributors, member guests, and students $10; Supporters and Sustainers free

About the Event

Vocalist and composer Ruth Naomi Floyd presents the world premiere of “Frederick Douglass Jazz Works,” a suite of music created to honor the legacy of the famed activist, abolitionist, and statesman. Her original compositions are paired with words from Douglass’s landmark speeches, addressing the tragedy, grief, and injustice of American slavery through a prism of hope, perseverance, and triumph. Performed by a gifted ensemble of musicians and artists, the words of Frederick Douglass come to life through expressive sound, poetry, and dance.


"It is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.” —Frederick Douglass, 1852

Includes access to the Barnes collection and 30 Americans exhibition.

Cocktails and light fare available for purchase, including yucca fries, arancini, and a cheese plate.

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