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New Documentary Highlights a Forgotten Hero of the Abolitionist


Movement Whose Life Inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe's Classic Novel Uncle Tom's Cabin

Josiah –The story that Sparked the Civil War

Directed by Jared A. Brock

Film Release Date:  May 15, 2018

 On May 31, 2018 at 7pm, Albert City Public Library will be hosting a public screening of Josiah, a documentary that traces Josiah Henson's harrowing journey from slavery in Maryland and Kentucky to freedom in Canada. 

Josiah Henson (1789-1883 ) spent 41 years as a slave. He was a dynamic, driven man with unyielding principles who overcame incredible odds to escape his cruel masters and improve the lives of hundreds of freed people throughout his long life.   Though immortalized by Harriet Beecher Stowe in her seminal, society-changing novel Uncle Tom's Cabin and catapulted to international fame in 1852, his story has been largely lost to history, until now. 

Including interviews with leading experts ad Henson descendants, Josiah is an unmissable documentary about one of history's greatest lost figures. 

To accompany the documentary and to be released simultaneously is the definitive biography of Josiah Henson's life, The Road to Dawn: Josiah Henson and the Story That Sparked the Civil War (Public Affairs; on sale May 15, 2018) , by author and documentarian Jared A. Brock.   The book delivers the full narrative of a great man's great life—a life that symbolized the definitive triumph of the human spirit over the brutality of slavery.   In this excellent biography, Brock chronicles Henson's 41 years in bondage, his eventual escape to freedom, and his rise as a great preacher and orator who used his freedom to uplift his fellow man for the entirely of his life. 

With both the book and the film, Brock has created a comprehensive portrait that restores a hero of the abolitionist movement to his rightful place in history—a hero whose life speaks of a love of humanity and invites us to follow in his steps. 

Albert City Public Library looks forward to introducing Josiah Henson to Albert City and the surrounding communities.  It is the purpose of the Albert City Public Library to provide access to books, and other resources and services, for entertainment, information, and continuing education.  The AC Library Board of Trustees is pleased to bring to the people this opportunity for enlightenment and education surrounding this important person and time in history. 

Popcorn and drink will be provided during the viewing of the documentary.   Any free-will donation will go to the Freedom Rock project.  

For more information about the local Josiah screening, please contact the event organizer, Mary Johnson, Director of the Albert City Public Library, at 712-843-2012, or via email at


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