“Gina’s Journey” On The Big Screen

 Regina Mason (right) and filmmaker Sean Durant at the New Haven Museum on Monday.

Regina Mason (right) and filmmaker Sean Durant at the New Haven Museum on Monday.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 

In 1825 in Litchfield, Conn., William Grimes wrote and published the story of his life as a slave and of his subsequent escape to freedom.

Almost two centuries later, his great-great-great-granddaughter Regina Mason picked up where her pioneering ancestor left off, with a book, a documentary and her own story of self-discovery through a rigorous commitment to her family’s past.

On Monday night at the New Haven Museum, Mason and filmmaker Sean Durant presented Gina’s Journey: The Search for William Grimes, a new documentary about Mason’s 15-year pursuit to research, publish and celebrate the life of a family member (and former New Haven resident) who wrote the first autobiographical slave narrative.

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