Film Screening: Traces of the Trade

Flyer for Traces of the Trade film screening

SCI and the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer would like to invite you to join us for the film screening of the acclaimed documentary, Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North. Following the film, Dain and Constance Perry will facilitate a conversation on race, reconciliation and healing. Dain, one of the family members in the film, took part in retracing his family's heritage.

The screening will take place on Friday, May 12 from 6-9pm at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. RSVP by May 10, as a light dinner will be served prior to the screening. Contact

Traces of the Trade is a documentary that unearths a hidden legacy of slavery in America. It traces a journey by Katrina Browne, the filmmaker, and nine of her cousins into the dark past of the slave trade which enriched their white New England family. It is both a geographical and psychological retracing of the industry of the largest slave traders in American history, the DeWolf family of Bristol, Rhode Island. It is also an exploration into racism in America, a legacy of slavery that continues to negatively impact the country today.

Dain Perry is one of the nine cousins who helped retrace his family's heritage. Him and his wife, Constance, are experienced facilitators who help audience members discuss the lessons of the film following the screening - they have conducted over 300 screenings across the country. The documentary was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008.

Click here for more information about the film.