Civil Rights Film Viewing at Local Library

by Courtney Wheaton on March 8, 2014 at 11:52 am

The Nelson T. Gant Foundation is showing four documentaries that highlight different stages of the Civil Rights Movement. Today movie goers watched the 2nd movie in the series Slavery by Another Name."

The foundation received a grant from the National Endowment of Humanities to bring the Created Equal four series program to Zanesville. It’s a way to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Visitor’s say the film was both educational and an eye opener.

"I thought it was a nice movie. It really changed the way I look at what happened after slavery and how the Civil War changed everything. I thought it was over but i guess it’s not, " said Elijah Striblin Dickinson.

After the film, guests met in two different rooms with local professors to discuss details in the movie. Assistant Professor at OUZ, Morten Bach, explained the complexities of the film.

"The movie is about force labor in the south after the civil war and the ways in which southerners managed to reintroduce many aspects of slavery through corrupt justice system and various forms of forced labor," said Bach.

The program is free and open to the public. For a list of viewings you can visit the John Mcintire Library for more information.