PHILADELPHIA â€” â€śTraces of the Trade: A Story From the Deep North,â€ť a documentary that explores a secretive legacy of slavery in America, will be screened Oct. 4, in Bodek Lounge of Houston Hall at the University of Pennsylvania. Pennâ€™s School of Social Policy & Practice, in conjunction with the African-American Resource Center and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, will host the 5-7 p.m., free, public showing.
Central to the film is the DeWolf family, established and respected in Bristol, R.I., but for generations the keepers of a secret from its past. The DeWolfs were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history.
â€śTraces of the Tradeâ€ť follows Katrina Browne, the filmmaker and a DeWolf family member, and nine of her cousins as they retrace the trade triangle from Rhode Island to Ghana, where they visited centuries-old slave forts and dungeons, to the ruins of a family-owned sugar-cane plantation in Cuba.
After the film screening, Dain Perry, a DeWolf descendent, and his wife, Constance, will host a discussion on race, reconciliation and healing.
â€śA film like this has the ability to foster dialogue and really stimulate discussions that can build bridges between races,â€ť said Valerie Dorsey Allen, director of the African-American Resource Center.
A â€śsneak peekâ€ť of the documentary is available at www.sp2.upenn.edu/tracesofthetrade.