Folks gathered at the First Unitarian Church downtown were treated to a history lesson Sunday afternoon.

The New Bedford Historical Society hosted its 15th annual Frederick Douglass read-a-thon to celebrate the city's connection with the civil rights advocate.

Before the reading portion of the program, Mayor Jon Mitchell tells those in attendance to reflect on the reading and the things ordinary people can do.

Along with the mayor, many local officials, school children, and other city residents took a turn at reading excerpts from Douglass' autobiography.

Douglass spent time working at the First Unitarian Church during the mid 1800's.