Narrated by Sheryl Lee Ralph, the new documentary shines a light on the brave black and white women who crossed racial lines to fight slavery in America Series of screenings at the Free Library of Philadelphia kick off on Wednesday, February 27

Sisters in Freedom, the extraordinary story of the black and white women who together created America’s first organized female political force and their daring battle to abolish slavery, caps off Black History Month with a public screening at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central Library. The event, which starts at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27, will be followed by a panel discussion facilitated by the film’s writer Nathaniel Popkin with Dr. Emma Lapsansky-Werner of Haverford College and Dr. Kate Oxx of St. Joseph’s University. Directed by Wendy Cox and Andrew Ferrett and narrated by actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, the timely documentary on how the abolition movement of the 1830s led to the first wave of American feminism is screening as women’s movements across the nation dominate the headlines.

Sisters in Freedom shines the spotlight on a little-known piece of American, black and women’s history.
The evening kicks off a series of screenings during Women’s History Month at 15 Free Library of Philadelphia locations throughout March. Two of these events will include talkbacks with Chronicling Resistance, Enabling Resistance, an initiative that amplifies 300 years of historical acts of resistance documented in local archives and connects them to contemporary acts of resistance. Chronicling Resistance, Enabling Resistance is managed by the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL), with funding for research and development provided by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central Library is located in Center City on Logan Square, 1901 Vine Street (between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway), Philadelphia, PA 19103. For more information or to register for the free event, visit https://libwww.freelibrary.org/calendar/event/84643 or call 215-686-5322.

Sisters in Freedom is produced by Philadelphia’s History Making Productions. For more information on the film, visit at https://historymakingproductions.com or follow them on Twitter (@HMPfilms), Facebook (@historymakingproductions) and Instagram (@greatexperimentfilms).


ABOUT … History Making Productions (HMP) creates films to expand our shared understanding of the past. The studio is best known for provocative character-driven historical documentaries, original music and groundbreaking scholarship. HMP has received more than two dozen Emmy Awards for its inclusive and democratic approach to history and current events. Since its founding in 2008, the studio has produced more than 200 films and videos on subjects ranging from architecture, baseball and civil rights to philanthropy, religion and science.

The Free Library of Philadelphia system, with 54 locations and the Rosenbach, advances literacy, guides learning, and inspires curiosity with millions of digital and physical materials; 25,000 yearly programs and workshops; free public computers and extensive Wi-Fi, including neighborhood Hotspots; and rich special collections, including those at Parkway Central Library and at the Rosenbach. With more than six million in-person visits and millions more online annually, the Free Library and the Rosenbach are among the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in Philadelphia and boast a worldwide impact.

Chronicling Resistance, Enabling Resistance aims to amplify more than 300 years of resistance documented in local archives and preserve records of today’s small and large acts of resistance for future generations. Begun as a discovery initiative in 2018, the project is managed by the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL), a member organization of 40 public, private and independent libraries that collect, care for and share with a worldwide audience collections that comprise an internationally important body of unique materials for students, scholars and lifelong learners at any level. Funding for the research and development of Chronicling Resistance, Enabling Resistance has been provided by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.


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