The 13th annual Frederick Douglas Read-A-Thon celebrated the life and writings of the renowned civil reformer and former slave, who once lived in New Bedford, took place yesterday at the Friends Meeting house.

40 readers took part in reading one of Douglas' three biographies, "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, An American Slave, Written By Himself' which was written in 1845. 200 visitors to the Friends Meeting House were in the audience to hear the reading.

Among the readers included six young people from grades 2 thru 12 in New Bedford's schools.