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George H. White: Searching for Freedom film screening at the museum

Friday, June 17, 2022, 7–9 p.m.

PBSNC is proud to present a new documentary film George Henry White: Searching for Freedom as part of the North Carolina Museum of History’s 2022 Juneteenth celebration.

The 30-minute documentary film will be screened in Daniels Auditorium at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is free.

The historical biographical film chronicles the career of African American US congressman George H. White, whose last term in Congress ended in 1901 after the disenfranchisement of African Americans across North Carolina.

White’s final words to Congress predicted that African Americans would one day return to its halls despite the onset of the Jim Crow era. President Barack Obama recognized White’s accomplishments in a 2009 speech that brought the congressman’s legacy back into the spotlight. White’s rise to political leadership and his remarkable career are well known to historians, but his story has been largely left out of the mainstream historical narrative.

North Carolina historians and authors Crystal R. Sanders, Earl Ijames, David S. Cecelski, and Benjamin R. Justensen appear in the film.

Historian Earl Ijames and the film’s director, Mike O’Connell, will introduce the film and participate in a Q&A session after the screening. All are welcome to this timely event presented by the NC Museum of History in honor of Juneteenth.