In the feature documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors (the DeWolf family) were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide. The film will be followed with commentary by Tom DeWolf (whose family is featured in the film), Sharon Morgan, and Felicia Furman, who will provide context and explanation about the steps they have taken to heal the harms of the past and come to reconciliation and justice in the wake of trauma. They especially will explicate how the issue is held in common by all Americans, not just southerners, and more generally, all citizens of the globe.
The film will be shown at Patrick Lecture Hall in Plyler Hall on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.