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Durham County Library & Program in the Humanities at UNC-CH Present Neo-Slavery Film and Discussion

Program: Film Showing: Slavery by Another Name
Date: Friday, October 4
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host a film showing of Slavery by Another Name at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 4, at the Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St.
The film chronicles the little-known story of a form of involuntary servitude that emerged after Reconstruction in the South and lasted for over 80 years. Southern states used convict labor to build roads and leased these workers to coalmines, timber camps, factories and farms. The states would round up laborers as needed, arrest them and lease them out to add to the state coffers. This “neo-slavery” or convict leasing existed until the 1940’s.

Dr. Adriane Lentz-Smith, Associate Professor of History and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Duke University, will introduce this PBS film and lead the discussion. The film is based on the book of the same name by Douglas A. Blackmon. Blackmon was also the co-executive producer of the film.

This program is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. It is co-sponsored by the Program in the Humanities at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268 or visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or

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