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Lifelong Learning Institute: Forum: The Other Side of Eden: Stories of a Virginia Lynching

Thursday, Mar 01, 2018 10:00am
LocationHylton Performing Arts Center Gregory Family Theater
Presented ByLifelong Learning Institute

On a hot July night in 1932 a black tenant farmer slipped into “Edenhurst,” his employer’s home near Markham, Virginia. He beat him unconscious with a piece of stove wood and dragged his wife away to a nearby mountain, where he is believed to have raped, beaten, and left her for dead. According to Daniel Patterson, Kenen Professor Emeritus, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, “This is a film that thoughtfully explores the legacy of a tragedy and the complexities of human relationships. It is a story of the South. The participants – black and white, young and old – are caught in a web of Southern racial codes. Like Shakespearean characters, they stand for all humanity.”

Tom Davenport (Folkstreams Founder/Director) is an independent filmmaker and film distributor living in Delaplane, Virginia.  He graduated from Yale University, went to Hong Kong with a Yale Program to teach English in New Asia College, and spent several years in Taiwan studying the Chinese language and culture and working as a still photographer. He began his work with documentary filmmakers Richard Leacock and D.A. Pennebaker in New York. In 1970 he returned home to rural Virginia and started an independent film company with his wife, Mimi Davenport.

This event is open to the public. For more information about the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas, visit: lli-manassas.org

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