Emmy Award Winning The Road to Freedom: Connecticut's African American Freedom Trail
The story of the struggle for freedom, justice and equality in Connecticut from the 1600's to the 1940's.
For 350 years, in the big cities and small towns of Connecticut, there has been a little-known struggle for freedom, justice and equality. From the founding of the Connecticut colony, people of African descent faced slavery and racial discrimination. But from the earliest days, some Connecticut residents - of all ethnic and racial backgrounds - have fought against racial prejudice and oppression. The Connecticut Freedom Trail commemorates their struggle.
This documentary highlights some of the most compelling sites on the Connecticut's African American Freedom Trail, drawing from a rich collection of historical figures speaking in their own words, archival drawings and photographs, and an original score. Included on the Trail are internationally known artists like Marian Anderson and Paul Robeson; African American veterans from the Revolutionary War the Civil War; buildings reported to have been used on the Underground Railroad; churches including one visited by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and sites related to African Americans involved in abolition, the whaling industry, education and the civil rights movement.
Running Time: 42 minutes; Emmy Award Winner Produced and Directed by: Karyl K. Evans Written by: Jeremy Brecher and Frank Mitchell Hosted by: Vinie Burrows Major funding provided by: The Connecticut Humanities Council Produced in association with: The Amistad Committee
Copyright 1998, Karyl K. Evans