Historic London Town and Gardens to Be Featured on PBS on Oct. 22, 8 p.m.
Harvard professor Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is hosting a six-part PBS series, “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” which will start on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. The show will feature Historic London Town and Gardens in the first episode, “The Black Atlantic (1500 to 1800).”
Earlier in the spring Gates and Michael Twitty filmed on the Historic London Town grounds in Edgewater.
Here is an episode description from the PBS website:
The Black Atlantic explores the truly global experiences that created the African American people. Beginning a full century before the first documented “20-and-odd” slaves arrived at Jamestown, Virginia, the episode portrays the earliest Africans, both slave and free, who arrived on the North American shores. Soon afterwards, the Trans-Atlantic slave trade would become a vast empire connecting three continents. Through stories of individuals caught in its web, like a 10-year-old girl named Priscilla who was transported from Sierra Leone to South Carolina in the mid-18th century, we trace the emergence of plantation slavery in the American South. The late 18th century saw a global explosion of freedom movements, and The Black Atlantic examines what that Era of Revolutions—American, French and Haitian—would mean for African Americans, and for slavery in America.
The Black Atlantic, episode one of The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., premieres on PBS on October 22, 2013, 8-9 pm, locally on WETA and Maryland Public Television (MPT). Check the local listings on the broadcast schedule.