The Gist of Freedom

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Reading Breaking The Chains, ~Lyrics of Freedom, Black Church~ Chp6

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You're Invited!..Come to The African American Museum of Philadelphia as The Gist For Freedom screens the documentary The Contradiction of Fair Hope- And Discuss Mother Bethel's cemetery which was recently unearthed underneath a playground.

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The Contradictions of Fair Hope” Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, chronicles the little-known story of the Fair Hope Benevolent Society in Alabama, one of the nation’s last surviving benevolent societies. They were groups formed in the 1700's  throughout the country to build schools, care for the sick, feed the hungry, and bury the dead. The first society, The Free African Society was established in Philadelphia by Bishop Richard Allen in 1756. 

Visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture,

photo of Tubman's personal book of hymns

Nat Turner’s Bible  

Rex Ellis, a curator

Merkerson co-produced and co-directed the film with Rockell Metcalf, who came to the story through a conversation with his 99-year-old grandmother, the oldest surviving member of the Fair Hope Benevolent Society. 

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Click to watch A video on a Historical Philadelphia Cemetery


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