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City to Present Free Screenings of Frederick Douglass Documentary

By Staff


frederickdouglassThe city has announced it will present free screenings of a short documentary, following the discovery of a newly-found photo of Frederick Douglass, which Mayor Lovely Warren unveiled last month.

The film,“Rediscovering Frederick Douglass,” will explore “the interesting life of the owner of the photo, the mystery surrounding this unique image, and provide a look into the restoration work that was done to preserve the photo,” the city stated.

City Communications Bureau staff members William Schwappacher and Tiana Stephens have created the documentary.

Community screenings of the film are scheduled as follows:

  • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, April 9, at The Little Theatre, 240 East Ave.; discussion to follow screening on indie-filmmaking, with director William Schwappacher and producer Tiana Stephens.
  • 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, April 18, at the Dryden Theatre at the Eastman Museum, 900 East Ave.; discussion to follow with museum experts on how the photo was created, and preserved. Free admission to the Eastman Museum’s A History of Photography: Exploring Black History and Culture exhibit afterwards.
  • 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, April 29, at the Kate Gleason Auditorium at the Central Library, 115 South Ave.; discussion to follow on Douglass’ family life, and his use of photography.

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