Freedom Film Series: A Higher Law: The Oberlin-Wellington Rescue of 1858


Freedom Film Series: A Higher Law: The Oberlin-Wellington Rescue of 1858

Date and Time

Thursday, September 14, 2023 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm


Harriet Tubman Theater

Event Type

Film Screenings


Free; registration required

The Oberlin-Wellington Rescue of 1858 played a pivotal role in the history of abolitionism in the United States. A group of 37 white and Black men in Ohio were charged with violating the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 for intervening in the kidnapping of freedom seeker John Price. The events that followed ultimately kept the issue of slavery at the forefront of national discussion leading up to and during the Civil War. Discover an amazing story of courageous abolitionism in Ohio and how it impacted the nation through the film: A Higher Law: The Oberlin-Wellington Rescue of 1858.

6:45 p.m. Doors open
7:00 p.m. Film screening (run time approx. 90 minutes)
8:30 p.m. Discussion and Q&A with the film producers Scott Spears & Christina Paolucci

Note: Guests should enter at the Rosa Parks Street Entrance located on the west side of the building.

This program is free and open to the public; registration is required:

About the Film Producers

Scott Spears & Christina Paolucci have produced numerous documentary films with their projects being supported through grants from such organizations including the Ohio Humanities Council, Ohio History Connection, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Columbus Landmark Foundation and through the support of many individual donors. Projects include: Zane’s Trace: A Road into the Wildnerness (2012), The Legacy of Eastgate (2012), Historic Woodland Park (2015) and The Artist & the Anthropologist (2019).

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