Loretta Carter Hanes "Reviver of DC Emancipation Day"
In this DVD Digital documentary, "Loretta Carter Hanes, an Interview with the Reviver of D.C. Emancipation Day", learn the remarkable story of how one woman's love for history and culture, lead her to the re-discovery of D.C. Emancipation Day. This historical commemoration, was revived due to Ms. Hanes' research and it became a legal holiday in the District of Columbia.
Because of her tireless research, she was interviewed by Ayo Handy-Kendi, founder/director of the African American Holiday Association (AAHA) This unique and intimate interview was filmed by John Davies 3, Ayo's husband. In this rare documentary, learn as Mrs. Hanes reveals little known "gems" of this history:
- How the Nation's Capitol's first enslaved persons, 3100 men, women and children, were the first emancipated on April 16, 1862, exactly 9 months before President Abraham Lincoln, issued the emancipation Proclamation, that freed the enslaved through out the rest of the country;
- How D.C. compensated the owners of the enslaved and in on record as the only compensated emancipation;
- How the enslaved lived, worked and built the Nation's Capitol;
- Much more. This documentary is part of AAHA's Keepers of the Culture Series"
One hour Documentary, 20 minute Short. 2 minute Trailer. Produced, direced by Ayo Handy-Kendi (c)2006. Videotography/Editing by John Davies 3. Music by Jubilee Singers.