Sunday Matinee Films - "A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School"

Event Details

Date: August 11, 2013

Time: 01:30 pm to 03:00 pm

Location: Tom Gilcrease Jr. Auditorium

Cost: Free with admission

Contact: Gilcrease Museum 918-596-2700


Part of the After Emancipation 3-Part Film Series

The Bordentown School served African American youth in New Jersey for seven decades, from 1886 until the 1950s. It was founded to provide students access to a full education which did not exist in the North at that time. While the original mission was largely vocational, concentrating on practical, marketable skills like printing or cooking, by the early 20th century, it had also become an academic institution that turned out leaders and scholars. Some called it "the Tuskegee of the North." This documentary film addresses the complex question of the price the United States paid for eliminating black institutions when racial integration was instigated in the mid-20th century. A wealth of stills and video from Bordentown and interviews with alumni personalize the story while historians explain its institutional importance. Directed by Dave Davidson, narrated by Ruby Dee, 2009, Hudson West Productions, 57 minutes, documentary-not rated.

No registration is required. Seating is first-come, first-seated. Groups are welcome.

Free with museum admission.