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Sunday, March 02, 2014

Timely Discussion of Slavery at Westport Library

By Bonnie Adler

With “12 Years a Slave” a hot Oscar contender tonight, a discussion and showing today of Stephen Spielberg’s film “Amistad” at the Westport Library was timely.

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A scene from Stephen Spielberg’s 1997 Oscar-nominated film “Amistad.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dreamworks photo

The event was co-sponsored by Saugatuck Congregational Church, Wilton Congregational Church, and TEAM Westport, the town’s multiculturalism and diversity committee.

Hosting were the Rev. Arnold I. Thomas of Wilton Congregational Church, the Rev. Alison J.B. Patton of Saugatuck Congregational Church, and Harold Bailey of Team Westport.

The1997 Oscar-nominated historical drama depicts the 1839 mutiny of captured Mende slaves, their imprisonment in Connecticut and the trial to determine whether they should be regarded as slaves or free.

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