WSIU to Host Film Screening This Saturday

Jan 2, 2013

For Immediate Release

Credit WGBH

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Contacts: Vickie Devenport, WSIU Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-6148,

WSIU, African American Museum to Host Screening of The Abolitionists This Saturday

Carbondale, Ill. -- WSIU Public Broadcasting, the public media arm of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), and the African American Museum of Southern Illinois will host a free screening and discussion of the PBS documentary The Abolitionists this Saturday, January 5 at 2pm at the African American Museum, 1237 East Main in Carbondale. The museum is located in the west wing of the University Mall, across from My Favorite Toys.

Vividly bringing to life the epic struggles of the men and women who fought to end slavery, The Abolitionists tells the intertwined stories of Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and John Brown. Fighting body and soul, they led the most important civil rights crusade in American history. What began as a pacifist movement became a fiery and furious struggle that forever changed the nation. Black and white, Northerners and Southerners, poor and wealthy, these passionate anti-slavery activists tore the nation apart in order to form a more perfect union.

For more information about this film screening, contact Vickie Devenport at (618) 453-6148 or

WSIU-TV 8.1 and WUSI-TV 16.1 also will broadcast the full three-part documentary on Tuesday, January 8 at 8pm, Tuesday, January 15 at 9pm, and Tuesday, January 22 at 8pm.

WSIU Public Broadcasting is licensed to the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University and is an integral part of the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts on the Carbondale campus. The WSIU stations reach more than three million people across five states and beyond through three digital public television channels, three public radio stations, a radio information service, a website, and an education and community outreach department.

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WSIU's programs and services are partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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