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Join The Gist of Freedom as we talk with historian Stephanie James Wilson, M.A. Stephanie is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Amistad Commission, a division of the Department of Education.
The Amistad Commission – NJ Dept. of Education would like to extend to you an invitation to join us at the 2nd free preview screening of the major motion picture“BELLE”.
LIMITED SEATING YOU MUST RSVP
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
AMC Clifton Commons 16
405 Route 3
Clifton, New Jersey 07014
Doors open at 6:30 pm Showtime begins at 7:00 pm
Dido Belle, the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy officer, is brought to England by her father and left in the care of his uncle, Lord Mansfield, the Lord Chief Justice, at his estate of Kenwood House. Though the social mores of the time make her an outsider, Dido is raised by Mansfield as an aristocrat alongside her cousin Elizabeth. Dido's burgeoning relationship with a young lawyer, John Davinier, meets with the disapproval of Mansfield who considers the match beneath her. At the same time Mansfield is deliberating on a slavery case (Somerset v Stewart) which will advance the cause of the abolitionists.
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