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In the award-winning, Emmy-nominated documentary, Traces of the Trade, members of the DeWolf family discover that their New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. The family retraces the Triangle Trade, uncovering how deeply the North was involved in slavery, and gaining fresh perspectives on race. Most white people have foresworn overt racism, but what remains? What are the structural inequities, and what kinds of racial baggage do many of us carry? This film premiered at Sundance, and aired nationwide on PBS.
James DeWolf Perry is one of ten DeWolf family members in the film, the film’s principal historical consultant, for which he received an Emmy nomination, and the executive director of the Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery, a non-profit organization that fosters awareness, dialogue, and engagement by inviting people to explore race today through the lens of forgotten history.
The Tracing Center was founded in 2009 to build on their work in producing the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary, Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North.
Their mission is to create greater awareness of the extent of the nation’s complicity in slavery and the transatlantic slave trade and to inspire acknowledgement, dialogue and active response to this history and its many legacies, for the purpose of racial justice, healing, and reconciliation, for the benefit of all.
More information and registration will be coming soon but, for now, you may want to hold those dates. This will be a retreat that you will not want to miss.
Registration is now closed. If you are interested in attending, please call the church office for more information on how to make your own arrangements through the Blowing Rock Conference Center.