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- Tuesday, February 21, 2017 • 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
"Laboring Sons" tells the story of how Laboring Sons Memorial Grounds along Chapel Alley came to be after the Civil War. The city's audio visual department produced the film.
According to the documentary, a group of enslaved black residents organized the Laboring Sons Beneficiary Society in 1837 with the goal of establishing their own cemetary. In the 1940s, the property was bulldozed to build a whites-only playground. It remained virtually lost until 1999, when the city government restored the property, then marked it as Laboring Sons Memorial Grounds.
The public is encouraged to attend the premiere and participate in a post-viewing discussion with a panel featuring David Key, Mary V. Harris, Rick Smith, Larry Moore, and David Wallace, who are featured in the video.