Xavier and Harriet Beecher Stowe House present film and discussion on Freedom Riders

The presentation is part of a National Endowment for the Humanities initiative | September 12, 2013

Christine Anderson, associate professor of history, and Betty Daniels Rosemond, an original Freedom Rider of the early 1960s, are hosting a community discussion of the PBS documentary, “Freedom Riders,” at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 4:30 p.m.

Harriet Beecher Stowe House and its partner Xavier are among 473 institutions across the country awarded a set of four films chronicling the history of the civil rights movement. The powerful documentaries, "The Abolitionists," "Slavery by Another Name," "Freedom Riders" and "The Loving Story," include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all. "Freedom Riders" received an Emmy in 2012, and "The Loving Story" and "The Abolitionists" have been nominated for Emmys in 2013.

The screening is sponsored by Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Bridging Cultures initiative, whose mission is to use documentaries to encourage community discussion of civil rights.

The event is free and open to the public. Reservations can be made by calling 513-751-0651.

“These films chronicle the long and sometimes violent effort to achieve the rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence—life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness—for all Americans,” said Chris DeSimio, president of Friends of Harriet Beecher Stowe House. “We are pleased to receive a grant from NEH to provide programming around these films. The importance of Cincinnati in the national struggle for civil rights, from the abolitionists of Stowe’s era to the Freedom Riders, is often unrecognized.”

Each of the films was produced with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and each tells remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation. Created Equal programs bring communities together to revisit America's shared history and help bridge deep racial and cultural divides in American civic life.

The Stowe House, located at 2950 Gilbert Ave. in Cincinnati, was named in honor of the author of the antislavery classic, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The Stowe House was also home to Stowe’s father, Lyman Beecher, while he was president of Lane Theological Seminary. Stowe based the novel on her acquaintance with leading abolitionists and reformers who visited the seminary and her observation of runaway slaves who fled to Cincinnati seeking freedom while being pursued by slave catchers. Learn more about the Harriet Beecher Stowe house at its website.