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Colleton kids get special screening of “Harriet”

Colleton County students were recently able to experience a special prelease screening of the new movie, “Harriet,” which is based on the life events of the historical figure and hero Harriet Tubman.
About 25 students from the Colleton County schools attended the Oct. 29th pre-screening event. The students’ chaperones also attended and were a part of about 150 students and totals from across multiple area school districts who were asked to view the movie ahead of its public release date, according to Rev. Kenneth Hodges, a former Colleton County elected representative to the S.C. House of Representatives. Hodges is also a current art gallery owner and pastor in Beaufort County. He has helped to organize the pre-screening of the documentary and included Colleton County students in the event.
The organization, The Harriet Tubman Monument, also sponsored the movie event.
The pre-screening included students and chaperones from middle and high schools in Beaufort, Jasper, Colleton, and Hampton counties.
The movie itself is the first movie to showcase the life of Tubman. It was released to the public on Nov. 1st. The 2-hour Hollywood movie is based on the three years that Tubman spent in Beaufort County during the Civil War. The movie focuses on the rescue missions where she led hundreds of slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad.
The movie itself features the acting talents of Janelle Monae, Cynthia Erivo, and Leslie Odom, Jr.
“We are fortunate to have this tremendous opportunity to host the pre-release screening of “Harriet” in the county where she offered her services during the Civil War,” said Hodges, in a written statement.
Following the screening, students used the state’s Social Studies college-and-career-ready standards to apply what they learned.

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