St. Augustine-based Mummy Cat Productions will present “America’s Untold Journey” to the community in a special, free screening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today in the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College.
The ground-breaking documentary was broadcast on commercially licensed television stations to tens of millions of viewers across the U.S. in February and March of this year, telling the story of the African-American contribution and rightful place in the history of the nation’s first continually occupied settlement.
The program shared history that had never been told before on this scale and helped to change the perception of African’s first experience on the continent from one of slavery to one of being a vital and integral part of the building of the colony and eventually, the city of St. Augustine.
Starting with the first settlers, the documentary provides details about the Africans on the continent, who came here with Pedro Menedez’s landing party; addresses the importance of Fort Mose — the first free black settlement in the U.S.; gives accounts of the efforts of groups, such as the Sisters of St. Joseph, in bridging the gap between emancipation and slavery; and shines a light on civil rights activities in the area seminal to the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
As a result of the documentary’s reach, many school districts across the nation have included it in their teaching curriculum.