The program, "Mattie, Johnny and Smooth White Stones: Part II", is the continuation of a story about a slave couple who escaped on the Underground Railroad. This 35 minutes film provides a first person narrative of a freedom seeker, Mattie, who tells her story after succesfully journeying from Georgia to Ohio. Though dozens of slaves made it across the Mason Dixon line to freedom, many of their slave owners would petition for their return or send slave catchers to retrieve them because of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. Thus, this story allows the viewer to see what life was like after the long journey to freedom for some of the runaways. Part II was shot on location in Ripley, OH where noted abolitionists John Rankin and John Parker and others helped dozens of runaway slaves. These men and their antislavery activities are featured in the film.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: Holy Hill Productions, P.O. Box 312202, Atlanta, 31131
National Park Unit: Yes
Ownership: Cassandra Hollis
Location Type: Program