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Film Screening – The Book of Negroes
Saturday, February 17 @ 1:30 pm - Sunday, February 18 @ 4:30 pmFree
The Loring Greenough House presents, in honor of Black History Month, the untold stories of Black Loyalists in the American Revolution.
Please join us for a two-day screening of The Book of Negroes, a six-part miniseries starring Aunjanue Ellis, Lyriq Bent, Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Louis Gossett, Jr.
This event takes place on two consecutive days – Saturday February 17th, 1:30pm – 4:30pm and Sunday February 18th, 1:30pm – 4:30pm Three 1-hour episodes shown each day with discussion to follow.
FREE ADMISSION AND REFRESHMENTS
Reserve your seat online here.
Synopsis (from Wikipedia)
In 1750, eleven-year-old Aminata Diallo is abducted from her village in West Africa, placed in shackles, and sent across the ocean to be sold into slavery on a South Carolina indigo plantation by the V.O.C. a dutch trading company. She falls in love and marries a fellow West African slave named Chekura but when their baby is brutally abducted and sold by jealous slave master, Robinson Appleby, Aminata vows to return one day to her homeland.
Solomon Lindo, a sympathetic indigo inspector, plucks Aminata out of Appleby’s enslavement and takes her to New York where she attempts a successful escape. Amidst the rising threat of the American War of Independence, she is recruited by Sir John Clarkson to help register names of Black Loyalists in a ledger known as The Book of Negroes, granting them freedom and passage to Nova Scotia.
Separated from her husband, Aminata encounters more hardship in Nova Scotia when tensions flare between the White and Black communities over the scarcity of work in the Shelburne Riots. Aminata successfully petitions British abolitionists, who organize passage to Africa for 1,200 former slaves—a final voyage that will reunite her with her homeland and allow her to give voice to her life story.