The Cultural District to Present a Movie in Observance of Juneteenth

Movies in Many will observe  Juneteenth 2021 with a special showing of the movie Harriet.  The free movie will begin at the Many Community Center at 7 p.m. on June 19.  

In honor of Juneteenth, there will also  be a guest speaker and also some awesome door prizes. Several door prizes relate directly to Harriet Tubman’s history.   

Juneteenth commemorates the date—June 19, 1865, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation and two months after the end of the Civil War—when hundreds of thousands of enslaved men and women in Texas finally learned they had been freed. Juneteenth is an important milestone in American culture because it celebrates the end of slavery in the United States.

Harriet is a 2019 American biographical film about Harriet Tubman, the abolitionist hero who conducted the Underground Railroad leading hundreds of  slaves to freedom.

The film portrays Tubman’s life story, from her daring escape out of slavery to her role as conductor of the Underground Railroad. 

The film starts out with Tubman retrieving a will that states her family should have been freed years ago. But when her husband shows the documentation to her slave owner, Edward Brodess, rather than emancipate the family, Brodess rips up the paper. Soon after, Edward’s son Gideon makes a plan to separate Tubman from her family. The thought of losing her loved ones fuels Tubman’s desire to fight for freedom.

Throughout the film, audiences follow Tubman’s journey toward Philadelphia, where the runaway soon transforms into an iconic hero.  

Born into slavery around 1820, Tubman, aka Minty, had eight siblings and lived in Dorchester County, Maryland. After getting hit on the head with a two-pound stone, just one of the many violent incidents imposed on her during her life as a slave, the activist suffered from seizures and intense headaches for years to come. But she was also intensely spiritual and believed that God was speaking to her through these episodes and vivid dreams, as depicted in the film.

In 1849, Tubman made the decision to escape slavery after her master’s death, fearing the possibility of getting separated from her family. Though her two brothers initially set out with her, they got cold feet after Tubman’s owner posted a letter of their escape and put out a reward for them. This left Tubman alone on her journey to freedom. But the activist had heard about the mysterious Underground Railroad, and with the help of individuals involved in the abolitionist movement, she made the 90-mile journey to freedom.

The former slave eventually arrived in Philadelphia, but after working and saving up some money, she planned to return for her family. Eventually, Tubman went on to save not only her loved ones, but scores of others. When the Fugitive Slave Law was passed, making it easier to re-capture recently freed slaves, Tubman even reconfigured the route of the Underground Railroad. Along with liberating former slaves, Tubman contributed to the Civil War and was a cook and nurse for the Union army. More than that, however, she was a spy and continued to help free slaves during the course of the war.

“The Cultural District Advisory Committee is proud to offer this important movie about Harriet Tubman, in observance of Juneteenth, and we hope people will come out and see this very special movie  because they will be both entertained and also educated about the significance of Juneteenth and the life of Harriet Tubman,” said Mary Brocato, alderman at large and chairperson of the Cultural District. 

The Many Community Center will open its doors at 6:15. Concessions are always available for only $1 each (theatre popcorn and soft drinks).  Movies are always free and play twice every month. 

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