The modern civil rights movement in the United States had its earliest roots in the Niagara region of New York State. In 1901 the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo offered both hope and despair for an aspiring African American community in the country's eighth largest city at the time. "Beyond the Road to Freedom," a New York Emmy Award winning documentary, revisits this history and also takes the viewer on the freedom trails through Western New York. It shows how the Buffalo Niagara region is bringing history alive through reenactments at authentic sites dating back to the days of abolitionism. Reported by Rich Newberg and Mylous Hairston. Photographed and edited by Tom Vetter and Don Dawkins.
Highlights Buffalo's unique role in the abolitionist movement. Uses reenactments, old photographs and drawings, and interviews with historians and preservationists such as Dr. Monroe Fordham, Jesse Nash, Jr., George Arthur, Rev. William Henderson, and Kevin Cottrell, to tell the story of Buffalo's critical role as the last stop on the Underground Railroad. Discusses significant sites in Buffalo to be preserved, such as the Michigan Street Baptist Church and the Nash house.
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