SJU Kicks off Black History Month with Film, Discussion

Story Highlights

  • Office of Institutional Diversity is showing the documentary, “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North.”
  • The film will be shown Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 5 p.m. in the Doyle Banquet Hall North, Campion Student Center.
  • Following the documentary will be a discussion with Dain Perry, a descendant of the DeWolf family, whose ancestors were slaves in North Carolina.

Monday, January 30, 2012

In celebration of Black History Month, the Office of Institutional Diversity is showing the documentary, “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North,” on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 5 p.m. in the Doyle Banquet Hall North, Campion Student Center.

The documentary captures the journey of 10 descendants of the DeWolf family, the largest slave-trading family in American history, as they travel the triangle trade and discover the extensive impact their ancestors had on human trafficking. The family start and end their journey where the DeWolfs lived during the slave trade – Bristol, R.I. – revealing the North’s not so righteous participation in slavery.

“The film shows the struggle of a family as they unpack their family history and the emotional impact that slavery has had on contemporary race relations,” Valerie C. Dudley, Ph.D., Director of Institutional Diversity at Saint Joseph’s University, explains. “While the past is the past and we cannot change it, we can learn from it and aim to heal and advocate for change and understanding.”

Following the documentary will be a discussion with Dain Perry, a descendant of the DeWolf family, and his wife, Constance Perry, whose ancestors were slaves in North Carolina.




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