To honor the 160th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the museum is hosting a screening of the new Netflix film Descendant presented by the museum’s public programs department and the Robert F. Smith Family History Center. The film documents the search and recovery of the Clotilda, the last known ship to arrive in the United States illegally carrying enslaved Africans, in Mobile, Alabama. After the film, there will be a panel discussion moderated by Mary Elliott, the museum’s curator of slavery and freedom, featuring Margaret Brown and Dr. Kern Jackson, co-writer and co-producer of the film, alongside descendants of passengers of the Clotilda Veda Tunstall and Joycelyn Davis and executive producer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson.
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