Part Two of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE FILMS The Abolitionists – a three-part documentary produced for PBS – will have a special free public screening on Thursday, December 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the Cook Memorial Theater, hosted by the New Bedford Historical Society. The Society operates the Nathan and Polly Johnson House, Frederick Douglass’ first home in freedom. Part Two deals with Douglass’ escape from slavery to New Bedford and his early activities as an abolitionist.
Sharon Grimberg, Executive Producer, and Lois Brown, Academic Adviser to the film, will speak about the series.
“The series tells the stories of five heroes of the original civil rights movement. Bringing to life the intertwined stories of Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Brown, The Abolitionists takes place during some of the most violent and contentious decades in American history, amid white-hot religious passions that set souls on fire, and bitter debates over the meaning of the Constitution and the nature of race.”
Now in its 25th year, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation in 2013 with the national broadcast premiere of The Abolitionists on PBS January 8, 15, and 22.
The cast includes former NBC “Law & Order” actors Neal Huff as William Lloyd Garrison and Richard Brooks as Frederick Douglass. It also features Broadway veteran T. Ryder Smith as John Brown, whose failed raid at a federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry is considered a key event leading up to the Civil War.
Running time of Part Two is 1 hour.