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Library hosts screening on forgotten abolitionist hero

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. - On Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 7 p.m., in partnership with Concerned Black Women, Calvert County NAACP and The Big Conversation, Calvert Library Prince Frederick will be hosting a public screening of JOSIAH, a documentary that traces Josiah Henson’s harrowing journey from slavery in Maryland and Kentucky to freedom in Canada.

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.

Including interviews with leading experts and Henson descendants, JOSIAH is an unmissable documentary about one of history’s greatest lost figures.  The showing will be followed by a discussion led by Big Conversation: Dismantling Racism team members Malcolm Funn and Diane Davies. Come prepared to talk about how our history impacts us today.

Watch the trailer at josiahhenson.com. For more information about the screening, please contact Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291.

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