Natchez Dialogue with Dr. Terry AlfordJune 5, 2011 | 3:30PM - 5:30PM
Prince Among Slaves Film and Conversation Prince Among Slaves is an award winning PBS documentary about the fascinating life of Abdul Rahman, a West African prince enslaved in Natchez, Mississippi for 40 years, who through improbable circumstances won his freedom and became one of the most famous men of his days. Sunday, June 5, 3:30pm - 5:30pm City Auditorium - FREE and open to the public Special guest Terry Alfrod, author of the book upon which the film is based, will introduce the film, describing how he came to write the story and how it became a film. Following the film, the audience will break into small groups to talk about the film. Leading the conversation will be special guest Amad Shakur, founder of the Center for the African Diaspora, a research institute in Charlotte, North Caroline. All attendees will receive a free DVD of the film and are invited to attend a reception with refreshments following th event to honor the guest speakers of the NAPAC Museum. Event Partners: Adams County, Alcorn State University, Antioch Missionary Baptist Association, Bluff City Post, City of Natchez, Copiah Lincoln Community College, Friends of the Armstrong Library, Historic Natchez Foundation, Judge George, Armstrong Library, NAACP, Natchez Association for the Preservation of Afro American Culture, Natchez Convention & Visitors Bureau, Natchez Historical Society, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Park Service, Unity Productions Foundation For more information, contact the Armstrong Library - www.naw.lib.ms.us
Terry Alford, PhD
Terry Alford is the author of the eponymous book on which the documentary film Prince Among Slaves is based. He continues to play a key advisory role on the Prince Among Slaves project. The working title of his lecture is “The Anti-Slavery Movement.” Dr. Alford’s lecture helps participants understand the antebellum Southern cities that Abdul Rahman knew. In many ways, New Orleans, Natchez, Mississippi, Washington, DC and Cincinnati – all of which Abdul Rahman visited on his trek to gain freedom for his family – were part of a global economy, teeming with diversity. In this lecture, participants gain a deeper understanding of the economy of the American South and how that economy functioned on a global scale.