Negroes to Hire

“Negroes to Hire is moving and painful, but at its core offers hope and understanding for our country’s best future by exposing an aspect of its worst past. True tales of families torn apart, sexual abuse, whippings and the struggle to break free and control one’s destiny are brought forth and illustrated with historical documentation, reminding us that these evens happened just 150 years ago. This film is a stunning example of what independent, inspiration-driven film making can do to inform and inspire.
~ Lisa Derrick, host of’s Movie Night

Watch a clip here and attend a FREE screening of our newest documentary, Negroes to Hire, followed by a discussion with experts interviewed in the film.

:: JULY 27, 2010
7:00 PM; Shawnee County Library – National Conference for the Underground Railroad

:: AUGUST 19, 2010
6:00 PM reception, 6:30 PM screening
Kansas City, Missouri Public Library Plaza Branch. Post-film discussion with Gary Jenkins, Dr. Jimmy Johnson, and Sundance Film Festival award-winning producer and director Kevin Willmott (C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America and The Only Good Indian).

Update: See photos from the KC Library event, which attracted an audience of over 300 people.

:: Missouri State Archives
:: Lonejack Historical Society
:: Missouri Western College

See how Missouri’s slavery system differed dramatically from the South, and hear directly from the mouths of former slaves about their lives through recordings of the Missouri Slave Narratives by the Federal Writers Project. Watch a clip here. Check out our Links page to see recent articles and reviews. For more information about programs and screenings, contact Gary Jenkins.

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