“Traces of the Trade: A Story From the Deep North” Documentary Screening and Filmmaker Discussion


Join us for a special screening of the acclaimed documentary “Traces of the Trade,” with filmmaker and JP-resident Katrina Browne. Featured on PBS and at the Sundance Film Festival, this film recounts Browne’s inquiry into the DeWolf family, her forefathers and the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history.

“Traces of the Trade” follows ten DeWolf descendants as they retrace the steps of the Triangle Trade, visiting the DeWolf hometown of Bristol, Rhode Island, slave forts on the coast of Ghana, and the ruins of a family plantation in Cuba. Browne pushes the family forward as they struggle through the minefield of race politics.

Once back home, the family confronts the thorny topic of what to do now. In the context of growing calls for reparations for slavery, family members struggle with the question of how to think about and contribute to “repair.” Meanwhile, Katrina and her family come closer to the core: their love/hate relationship with their own Yankee culture and privileges; the healing and transformation needed not only “out there,” but inside themselves

JP Resident and "Traces of the Trade" Filmmaker

JP Resident and "Traces of the Trade" Filmmaker, Katrina Browne

Many thanks to the cosponsors of this program:

First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist

First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain

St. Mary of the Angles Catholic Church


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