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June 16, 2018
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Conference Room
120 N. Virginia Ave.
Main Level, through Youth Services on the right

Falls Church, VA 22046
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Documentary Film Screening: "Josiah"

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Come to a free screening of the new documentary "Josiah," exploring the life of escaped slave Josiah Henson, who is believed to be the inspiration for Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin." The 39 minute film is narrated by actor Danny Glover. Registration required.

On Saturday, June 16, at 3 pm, the Mary Riley Styles Public Library will host a free public screening of the recently released documentary, Josiah.

Narrated by actor Danny Glover and directed by Jared A. Broch, Josiah explores the life and impact of Josiah Henson, who inspired the main character in Harriet Beecher Stowe's controversial 1852 novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. A slave for 41 years in Maryland and Kentucky, Henson escaped to freedom and survived a 600 mile journey with his wife and four children to Canada, where he helped establish a settlement for fugitive slaves seeking freedom through the Underground Railway. 

Corresponding with the release of a new biography about Henson - The Road to Dawn (also by Jared A. Brock) -  Josiah recounts a fascinating story that has been largely forgotten... until now.  

Space for the screening is limited, so please reserve a spot by contacting the library's Reference Desk at 703-248-5035 (TTY 711).

(This documentary is approximately 39 minutes long.)