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Douglass Day Transcribe-a-Thon

Douglass Day is an annual program that marks the birth (actual date unknown) of Frederick Douglass. Each year, a coalition of scholars from Penn State, the Colored Conventions Project, and elsewhere celebrate Douglass Day with a collective action for Black history. They gather people from across the nation to transcribe an online collection of Black history and culture.

In 2023, the Library will join in Douglass Day by hosting a public transcribe-a-thon, where community members can help transcribe the papers of Mary Ann Shadd Cary (1823-1893). Shadd Cary was one of the earliest Black women to edit a newspaper, serve as a Civil War recruiter, attend law school, and much more. Participants will learn how to use an online platform to transcribe and enhance newly digitized collections from Shadd Cary’s long and fascinating life, contributed by the Archives of Ontario and Libraries and Archives Canada.

illustration of Frederick Douglass and photograph of Mary Shadd Cary

You don’t need any experience with transcription or digital archives to participate in this celebration of Black history! And you can join us in person or online, anytime between 12 to 3 PM.

No registration is required for the in-person gathering; to participate via Zoom, please register here.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2023

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Brookline Village - Hunneman Hall
361 Washington Street, Brookline, MA 02445, United States


Hunneman Hall is located on the second floor of the Brookline Village Library. To access, use one of the main entrances, which are equipped with ramps and door openers, followed by the elevator in the atrium. This venue is equipped with assistive listening transmitters and devices, available upon request.

Need aids or accommodations? Email our administration team or give us a call at 617-730-2360 for more information.

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