Freedom Center movie links 19th century bondage to contemporary scourges
The 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation will be Jan. 1, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wanted to tie President Abraham Lincoln’s executive order freeing slaves to the State Department’s efforts worldwide to raise awareness of contemporary slavery.
The Department of State’s first move in linking that to historic American slavery was to contact Cincinnati’s National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
“The Freedom Center is the definitive place in the United States to think about slavery, and it’s the one authoritative voice of slavery old and new,” said Luis C. de Baca, Clinton’s senior adviser and director of the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
The film was supposed to premiere Oct. 30 in Washington, a screening postponed until Nov. 27 because of Hurricane Sandy.