As part of the Created Equal film series, the Litchfield Historical Society will screen clips from Slavery by Another Name on Thursday, January 16 at 7:00 pm. Stephen McGrath, Litchfield Historical Society board member and history professor at Central CT State University, will lead a discussion following  clips from the film.

The documentary Slavery by Another Name explores the belief that slavery ended with Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. Spanning eight decades, the film looks into the lives of those who were held in forced labor following the Civil War; and includes photographs, reenactments, and interviews with descendants of both the victims and the perpetrators of this new slavery.

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The Litchfield Historical Society is one of 473 institutions across the country awarded a set of three films chronicling the history of the civil rights movement.

The film series continues on February 20 with a screening of The Loving Story at the Torrington Historical Society, and on March 20 with Freedom Riders at the Litchfield Historical Society. Each film is available on the Litchfield Historical Society’s website to view before each formal program led by local humanities scholar.

This program is free and open to the public, though registration is required. To register, please call (860) 567-4501 or email

The Litchfield Historical Society is located at 7 South St., Litchfield, CT. For more information about this or other programs, please see our website at