Rosa Parks Museum to host free screening of slavery documentary "Traces of the Trade"

Posted: Friday , 31 January 2014

MONTGOMERY — Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum will explore the legacy of the slave trade through a screening of the Emmy-nominated documentary "Traces of the Trade: A Story from Deep North" and a workshop led by one of the film's producers on Feb. 6-7.

In "Traces of the Trade," Producer/Director Katrina Browne tells the story of her forefathers, the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. The film follows Browne and nine fellow family members on a remarkable journey, which brings them face-to-face with the history and legacy of New England's hidden enterprise.

The Rosa Parks Museum will host a screening of the film on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m. inside the museum auditorium. A discussion of the film will be led by Juanita C. Brown, a co-producer of the film and educational program officer for the Tracing Center, which works to expound on the work of the film by promoting dialog about the legacy of the U.S. slave trade.

On Friday, Feb. 7, Brown will lead a workshop entitled "The Psychology of Privilege and Oppression" from 2-4 p.m. at Auburn University Montgomery. The workshop will examine race in the U.S. and the relationship between privilege and power.

Admission to both events is free and open to the public, and both are sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Brown, who appears in "Traces of the Trade," and served as the film's co-producer, was instrumental in designing the film's racial dialogues. After the film's debut, she co-founded the Tracing Center and served on its founding board of directors. Today, Brown is a speaker and facilitator for Tracing Center programs on racial healing and equity, and plays a key role in the design of the Center's school programs, educator workshops, and general public programs.

For more information on these or other upcoming programs, contact curator Daniel Neil at (334) 241-8701.