Next Stop: Freedom

Produced by: 
Frankford Group Ministry with Scribe Video Center

Individual Film Price:

Higher Education Institutions & Government Agency DVD | $49.95
K-12 & Public Libraries DVD | $49.95
Home Video DVD License – Restrictions Apply | $20.00



Precious Places Compilation Price:

This video is available for purchase as part of a Precious Places Community History Project Vol.1 compilation DVD.

Higher Education Institutions & Government Agency DVD | $139.00
K-12 & Public Libraries DVD | $79.00
Home Video DVD License – Restrictions Apply | $20.00



Scribe Video Center Program:

The Precious Places Community History Project is a community oral history project inviting members of the Philadelphia region's many neighborhoods to document the buildings, public spaces, parks, landmarks and other sites that hold the memories of our communities and define where we live. Precious Places teaches the video production process to participating groups, fostering projects authored by those who intimately know the featured neighborhoods.


Videomaking Consultant: Carla Lyndale Carter
Humanities Consultant: Rona Buchalter
Post Production: Carla Lyndale Carter



Film Story:

Frankford, one of the oldest communities in the county, that came to be called Philadelphia, has a rich legacy of involvement in the Underground Railroad. Located just above the Mason-Dixon line, Pennsylvania — and Philadelphia in particular — was a major hub of anti-slavery activity. An 1830 Black political convention in Philadelphia to protest and organize against slavery encouraged abolitionists to use churches as sanctuaries for fugitive slaves. Next Stop: Freedom was shot by a group of Philadelphia high school students. They focus on Campbell A.M.E. Church of Frankford, the first black congregation in the area, which partnered with Quakers to assist enslaved people seeking freedom. The documentary captures the oral histories of church elders: much of the institutional knowledge about Campbell A.M.E.'s involvement in the Underground Railroad has been passed down this way, from clerk to clerk. "It's really important for grandparents to pass this information on to their children," says church member Connie Whitmore, “so we'll all know our history." Next Stop: Freedom is an effective translation of these vital oral histories onto video, and a valuable exploration of the historical ties of Frankford area churches to the Underground Railroad and the struggle against slavery.


Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 
October 14, 2007 | Broadcast on WHYY-TV
January 24, 2017 | Broadcast on WHYY-TV

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