The Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls will be the site of a pair of history events this weekend.
The park will first celebrate the 200th birthday of abolitionist and Rochesterian Frederick Douglass at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. Poet and author Nathan Richardson will portray Douglass and history professor Melinda Grube will portray Elizabeth Cady Stanton as the two equal rights advocates discuss his lifelong battle for women's rights and their relationship, which was temporarily halted upon the passage of the 15th Amendment giving black men the right to vote. Douglass was also one of many men who attended the 1848 Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, and a signer of the Declaration of Sentiments.
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At noon Sunday, Feb. 18, the park will screen the 2013 Best Picture Oscar winner "Twelve Years a Slave." Afterward, at 2:30 p.m., there will be a talk by Melissa Howell, a great-great-great granddaughter of the movie's subject, Solomon Northup. In "A Freedom Narrative's Coming of Age: Hidden Figures of 'Twelve Years a Slave's' Publication," Howell will discuss Northup's publication of his account of being captured by human traffickers and enslaved in 1841. Howell and Northup great-great granddaughter Irene Northrup-Zahos are promoting the 165th anniversary of the book's publication.
Both events are free and open to the public at the park, 136 Fall St., Seneca Falls.
For more information, visit nps.gov/wori or call (315) 568-0024.