Lost Souls Memorial Project: Film Screening
On February 6, 2022 at 1:30pm, in collaboration with the New Brunswick Area Branch NAACP, an exclusive public screening of JOSIAH, a documentary that traces Josiah Henson’s harrowing journey from slavery in Maryland and Kentucky to freedom in Canada, will be shown in the library’s community room.
Josiah Henson (1789-1883) spent 41 years as a slave. He was a dynamic, driven man with unyielding principles who overcame incredible odds to escape his cruel masters and improve the lives of hundreds of freed people throughout his long life. Though immortalized by Harriet Beecher Stowe in her seminal, society-changing novel Uncle Tom's Cabin and catapulted to international fame in 1852, his story has been largely lost to history.
To accompany the documentary there will be an interactive discussion about the film and its relationship to the Lost Souls Memorial Project and Black history in America. This will be a family friendly program that will center the voices of our young community members.
The Lost Souls Public Memorial Project and the New Brunswick Area Branch NAACP look forward to sharing our history and introducing the history of emancipation and Josiah Henson to the community.
Watch the trailer; josiahhenson.com.