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BPL@Night presents Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North

January 16, 2009, Birmingham, AL— In this remarkable documentary, filmmaker Katrina Browne takes members of her family on a difficult journey of exploration to learn about their forefathers' role as the largest and wealthiest slave-trading family in American history. The film examines the place of slavery in the American experience, the role of wealthy New England traders like Browne's ancestors in perpetuating the slave trade and making it profitable, and the legacy of slavery for us today.

Following the documentary viewing, Dain Perry will lead a facilitated discussion. Dain participated in the documentary along with his brother, Jim, and nephew, James. He grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. During the 1970s, he worked for a non-profit agency that promoted reform in the criminal justice system, particularly prison reform. Dain has been a member of his church vestry and has been an active volunteer in his community for many years, including serving on the boards of several nonprofit organizations.

For more information about the film and project, visit

Important Information:
Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Event: Traces of the Trade documentary
Place: Birmingham Public Library’s Arrington Auditorium
Cost: Free

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