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Documentary Presentation: Josiah: The Story That Sparked The Civic War
June 19, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Clarence-Rockland Public Library invites you to the free screening of the documentary Josiah: The Story That Sparked The Civil War on Tuesday June 19 beginning at 6:30pm.
Josiah Henson, born in Maryland, spent 41 years as a slave. He was a dynamic man with unyielding principles who overcame incredible odds to escape with his family to Canada. His story inspired the main character in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, a book that made people realize the brutal reality of slavery and fanned the flames of the Civil War. Yet despite his notable achievements and contribution to abolition, Henson’s story has been largely lost to history. Until now.
Including interviews with leading experts and Henson descendants, JOSIAH is a documentary that traces Josiah Henson’s harrowing journey from slavery in Maryland and Kentucky to freedom in Canada. His life prompts us all to ask the question: are we using our freedom well?