If you are a student of history in general and Connecticut history in particular, mark your calendar for Wednesday night, September 16. A special screening of a new, prize-winning documentary on Connecticut’s Amistad story will be held at the Old State House.
Markus Rediker, author of The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom, will be on hand to discuss the new film that goes along with his compelling book. “Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels” chronicles a 2013 journey to Sierra Leone where Rediker interviewed village elders about the local memory of the famous 1839 Amistad Rebellions and searched for the long-lost ruins of the Lomboko slave trading factory where the Amistad captives were held prior to their Atlantic voyage.
If the historical subject matter isn’t enough, it should be noted that the screening of “Ghosts of Amistad” will take place in the courtroom of the Old State House—the very same room in which the Amistad men and children made their first court appearance during the Amistad trials.
Rediker will introduce the film and take part in a Q&A session where audience members can ask questions and share their feedback on his book, the film and our local memory of the Amistad Rebellion and trials.
The event is free and the time is TBA so be sure to check back to the OSH online calendar. Registration is recommended. Don’t miss out on this wonderful, informative event.