On Wed., May 29, from 6:30 to 8 pm, Westport
Historical Society will present a film screening as part of the programming
series in conjunction with the exhibit Remembered on view through June
Josiah Henson was the enslaved man who was the influence for Uncle Tom in the seminal society-changing novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Although he was catapulted to international fame in 1852, when the novel came out, what happened to him has been largely lost to history. Until now.
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. Including interviews with
leading experts and Henson descendants, Josiah is an unmissable documentary
about one of history’s greatest lost figures.
To accompany the documentary, the
definitive biography of Josiah Henson’s life, The Road To Dawn: Josiah
Henson and the Story That Sparked the Civil War, by author
and documentarian Jared A. Brock will be on sale in our shop.
Online pre-registration $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Reservations are recommended, register at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5