February 26, 2009
Tonight, at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, from 6-7 p.m., the film "Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives" will be shown. The film is an HBO Documentary Film produced in conjunction with the Library of Congress
When the Civil War ended in 1865, more than 4 million slaves were set free. By the late 1930s, 100,000 former slaves were still alive.
In the midst of the Great Depression, the Federal Writers Project hired journalists and writers to travel the country and record the memories of this last generation of African-Americans born into bondage.
More than 2,000 interviews were transcribed as spoken. The result: firsthand accounts of what it was to be a slave. The Library of Congress is home to most of these "Slave Narratives."
The film is narrated by Whoopi Goldberg and features dramatic readings by Angela Bassett, Don Cheadle, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Samuel L. Jackson, Oprah Winfrey and others.
For more information about this film go to http://www.hbo.com/docs/programs/unchained_memories.