CCMS, CCHS group of students previews movie ‘Harriet’
by The Press and Standard | November 8, 2019 5:00 am
Last Updated: November 6, 2019 at 12:58 pm
“Harriet” is a new biographical movie about slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Much of the filming occurred in Colleton and Beaufort counties.
Fifteen Colleton County students got a preview of the movie next week, based on the life of Harriet Tubman who escaped slavery and led enslaved people to freedom on the Underground Railroad.
The movie is being shown throughout the Lowcountry, and dozens of schools are taking field trips to the event.
Tabernacle Baptist Church purchased the movie passes for these students, and former House of Rep. Kenneth Hodges, CCSD Superintendent Dr. Franklin Foster and CCHS Principal Maurice Cannon made sure that the participants had an opportunity to see this historic movie.
According to teacher-chaperones Vernessa Brooks and Eddie Peeples, students from CCHS and CCMS were chosen for the field trip based on their behavior, attendance, academic performance and strong desire to improve themselves. The students from Colleton County High School were: Arkez Calloway, Elizabeth Tharp, Jameira Johnson, Cavarion Haynes, Victoria Ross, Mackenze Ford, Sierra Smart, Bethany Monroe, Xavier Seabrook, and Maria Guardado.
Victoria Ross was impressed that Tubman was called the “Moses” of her people, and that “her life was in fact quite similar to that of Moses in the Bible.” Xavier Seabrook acknowledged that he learned a lot from the movie about the famous Tubman. “I didn’t know she was married and that she changed her name,” said Seabrook.
Elizabeth Tharp said, “Growing up, my hero was Harriet Tubman, so it was so exciting to see this movie. I found out some things I didn’t know, like that she had visions from the Lord that saved her life and the lives of others.”
Maria Guardado felt that the best part of the movie was when Tubman said, “I would rather be dead if I can’t be free. She was so dedicated.”
Arkez Calloway said, “We study these things in school, but it is so different seeing it on the big screen. It’s much more visual. I was surprised that Tubman helped slaves escape right where I live in Green Pond!”
Mackenzie Ford was very impressed by the movie. “She was such an amazing woman. This movie taught me a lot about her life.”
A select group from Colleton County Middle School were also chosen to attend this special event: Alysa Green, Jamarius Powell, Janiyah Powell, Carlasia Sanders, and Foster Fryar.
These students also loved the movie. Janiyah was impressed that Tubman jumped off a bridge to gain her freedom. Jamarius said the part he didn’t like was when Tubman was slapped.
But these middle school students were amazed at how Tubman was able to help so many slaves escape — and how historic Colleton County is. The students all talked about the Combahee River where Tubman jumped to her freedom, and how she walked all over Colleton and Beaufort counties.
Born a slave in Dorchester County, Md., Tubman was beaten and whipped by her various masters as a child. Early in life, she suffered a traumatic head wound from an irate slave owner. The injury caused dizziness, pain, and hypersomnia, which continued throughout her life.
In 1849, Tubman escaped, but returned to rescue hundreds of relatives and slaves to freedom, traveling by night and in extreme secrecy during her 13 missions.
Known as the “Moses of her people,” Tubman led slaves to freedom for over 10 years along the Underground Railroad, a network of secret routes, safe houses and hiding places. Navigating by following the path of the North Star, Tubman was helped by white abolitionists who gave the freed slaves medicine, food, clothing, fake documents and safe places to hide such as homes, root cellars, caves, barns and tunnels. It is estimated that 100,000 slaves escaped with the help of the many conductors of the “Railroad” like Tubman.
The first woman to lead an armed expedition in the war, she guided the raid at Combahee Ferry, which liberated more than 700 slaves at the border of Colleton and Beaufort counties.
For tickets and movie showings, visit www.harrietfilmtickets.com.