Josiah Film Screening and Discussion
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
This program is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested.
Presented by the Urban League of Southwestern Ohio Guild and Young Professionals, and in partnership with the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, join us on Wednesday, May 30 at 6pm for a free screening of "Josiah" followed by a meaningful discussion.
Who was Josiah Henson? How has history forgotten this man?
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 effectively?