Traces of the Trade: Film Screening and Discussion

September 8th, 2018

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Part of WHS’ Remembered Series in connection with the Remembered exhibition

“Traces of the Trade” Film Screening and Discussion with the DeWolf Family


Slavery and its legacy is a stain on the history of America, adversely impacting millions of lives. In Traces of the Trade: A Story From The Deep North, hidden legacy of slavery in America for both black and white families is explored.   The film screened at Westport Historical Society,  follows Katrina Browne, the filmmaker, and nine of her cousins as she unearths the dark past of the slave trade which enriched their white New England family.


Dain Perry, one of the nine cousins of the DeWolf Family, and his wife, Constance, will screen the film and facilitate a conversation on race, reconciliation and healing. Traces of the Trade is both a geographical and psychological exploration into the commercial enterprises of the largest slave traders in American history, the DeWolf family of Bristol, Rhode Island. It is also an examination of the roots of racism in America, a legacy of slavery that continues to negatively impact the country even today.


Copies of the book Inheriting the Trade: A Northern Family Confronts Its Legacy as the Largest Slave-Trading Dynasty in U.S. History written by Thomas Norman DeWolf will be available for sale after the film and discussion.


Online pre-registration $8 for members, $12 for non-members. At the door $10 suggested admission for members, $15 for non-members. $5 student with ID, No charge for children 12 and under. Reservations are recommended, register online here or call (203) 222-1424 x5. Tickets are nonrefundable. In the event you must cancel, we will consider your purchase a donation and will happily issue you a donation receipt.




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