Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North

PRESENTED BY: Mt Baker Meaningful Movies
6:30 PM, Thursday, May 31, 2018 PST
Location: Mt Baker (click for map)

Please join us for our next event on race and social justice. This will be an opportunity for in-depth discussion reflecting on the North American slave trade.

“Traces of the Trade” sets out to plumb contentious questions: What is the full story of the northern slave trade? What responsibility does white America bear for the past wrongs and contemporary legacy of slavery? Why is it so difficult for black and white Americans to have this conversation?   Director Katrina Browne, (a descendant of the DeWolfs, the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history) and her relatives set out to face the facts — and themselves — as they retrace the slave trade triangle from Rhode Island to Ghana, to Cuba and back. Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North is Browne’s spellbinding account of that journey.  “Traces”, an award-winning film, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

“What is our responsibility?” asks Browne. “I’m less concerned with understanding the extreme inhumanity of my ancestors than with understanding the mundane, ordinary complicity of the majority of New Englanders who participated in a slave-based economy. That issue had more parallels to me and my family today: well-intentioned white folks who are still part of systems that do harm. It’s important to roll up our sleeves to deal with what we all inherited from our country’s history.”

“This is more than one family’s painful reckoning. This is the nation’s story — one that strips away the North’s heroic mantle by revealing a broad pattern of Northern complicity in the slave trade.” — Cecelia Goodnow, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

We will be exploring the issues around reparations and what it would take to move toward truth and reconciliation.

Guest Speaker: Elly DeWolf Hale, descendant of the DeWolf family and participant in the film

DOORS OPEN AT 6 PM for snacks.  Stay for the guest speaker and join the conversation after the film!

Donations gratefully accepted!


Release Year: 2008

Running Time: 86 min

Director: Katrina Browne

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