Posts Tagged With: abolitionist

2019 Sundance Film Festival – Ancestry & SundanceTV Present: Railroad Ties

Six descendants of fugitive slaves and abolitionists come together in Brooklyn to discover more about their lineage. Documenting each person learning about their ancestors, and featuring renowned historian, Henry Louis Gates Jr., the film interweaves powerful personal moments with contextual historical anecdotes. The very human story of the Underground Railroad unfolds through Ancestry records, each discovery revealing the dynamic impact our history has on identity, family and legacy. The film takes a personal look at how understanding our family’s past can influence not just who we are, but how we see ourselves.


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Frances Harper


Did you know? Frances Harper born Frances Ellen Watkins (1825-1911) was a lecturer, abolitionist, poet, and author. Frances published her first collection of poems in 1845, titled Forest Leaves. In 1854, Harper published Poems of Miscellaneous Subjects, which featured one of her most famous works, “Bury Me in a Free Land.” In 1896 Frances confounded the National Association of Colored Women with Ida B Wells-Barnett, Harriet Tubman, and a few other women. The organization sought to improve the lives and advance the right of African-American women. To learn more about Frances Harper click here

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