STK-ID 10873

Sequence on reenactments of enslaved Black persons who sought refuge in Canada after escaping from owners of enslaved people in the United States. LS and CU of sign that reads: "Historic site ­ Point of landing where escaping Black slaves first found freedom in Canada" on Canadian side of Detroit River. Reenacted sequence showing three enslaved Black people in rowboat, approaching camera in fog-shrouded river. Shot of Ambassador Bridge from Canadian side, cars streaming across, towards camera. Several shots including FOLLOW SHOT of cars crossing bridge. MLS of Black people at mass meeting at night. Shot of two Black women standing with crowd of white people at bus stop. CU of sign "Keep in line ­ do not pass in tunnel ­ speed 30" at Detroit-Windsor entrance. Shot car, family of Black people riding, coming out tunnel. LS of cars coming out of tunnel at Windsor exit. Shot of Canadian customs officer examining tourists licence at customs point in Windsor. CU of Black boy. Shot of Detroit from Ambassador Bridge tower. LS of Detroit, Windsor, bridge and river.


Excerpt from
Freedom Jamboree
Detroit (Michigan), Windsor (Ontario)
National Film Board
Available formats
Video HI 8, Reel 35 mm
Shooting format
35mm neg b&w
Aspect ratio