The City of New Bedford is celebrating its connection to famed author and abolitionist Frederick Douglass this weekend.

The New Bedford Historical Society and the Nathan and Polly Johnson House on Seventh Street in New Bedford are being recognized Sunday afternoon by the Toni Morrison Society and the Bench In The Road Project, which honors locations across the nation that are important in black history.

The Johnson House was Frederick Douglass and his wife's first home in New Bedford in 1838, and was part of the Underground Railroad, locations around the country where escaped slaves were helped on the road to freedom.

Douglass' great-great-great grandson, Kenneth Morris Jr. will speak at Sunday's dedication at 2:30pm. Morris will also visit several New Bedford schools on Monday. Monday, September 17th is the anniversary of Douglass' arrival in New Bedford in 1838.

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