Thursday, February 07, 2019
"Railroad Ties", short at Sundance 2019. traces family trees back to the underground railroads before the Civil War
“Railroad Ties”, from the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and Ancestry, directed by Sacha Jenkins (26 minutes).
The film traces six or more families back to roots, including European immigrants and African Americans (including mixed), especially associated with the Underground Railroad. People were arrested for assisting slaves fleeing north.
People with some slave blood maneuvered to be classified as "white".
The Harriet Tubman National Historical Park near Cambridge MD also has a lot of related material.
Picture: Poor People's March, 1968, Smithsonian