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Film to debut at National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum

Posted 5/25/22

“Songs of Slavery and Emancipation,” a new film by producer Mat Callahan, will debut at both the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum (NAHOFM), 5255 Pleasant Valley Road, in …

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Film to debut at National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum

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PETERBORO — “Songs of Slavery and Emancipation,” a new film by producer Mat Callahan, will debut at both the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum (NAHOFM), 5255 Pleasant Valley Road, in Peterboro, and in New York City on Saturday, June 18, Juneteenth weekend.

The film opens at 7 p.m. with Max Smith, co-chair of the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark’s Annual Peterboro Emancipation Day and a member of the Cabinet of Freedom for the NAHOFM.

In the “Songs of Slavery and Emancipation” film, book, and CD, Callahan presents recently discovered songs composed by enslaved people explicitly calling for resistance to slavery, according to the NAHOFM.

Some songs originated as early as 1784 and others as late as the Civil War.

The filmmaker also presents long-lost songs of the abolition movement — some written by fugitive slaves and free Black people — challenging common misconceptions of abolitionism, the NAHOFM noted.

Callahan filmed in Peterboro and at Berea College in Kentucky.

In observance of Juneteenth weekend, the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum will be open from noon to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18, and $5 admission includes the film and the Hall of Fame and Museum.

Books and CDs of “Songs of Slavery and Emancipation” will be sold to benefit the NAHOFM.

Masks, proof of at least the first two COVID-19 vaccines, and contact information registration are required. No food will be served.

For more information and for updates: www.nationalabolitionhalloffameandmuseum.org, nahofm1835@gmail.com, or call 315-684-3262.

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