The History of Emancipation in America

Understanding The Film

Emancipation Film Screening

In 2022, AppleTV, Will Smith, and Westbrook Media produced the film, Emancipation. The film tells the triumphant story of Peter (Will Smith), a man who escapes from slavery, relying on his wits, unwavering faith, and deep love for his family to evade cold-blooded hunters and the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana on his quest for freedom.

The main character, Peter, most notably known as “Whipped Peter,” is immortalized by a widely circulated image of wounds he suffered due to the brutality of slavery in 1863. The image ultimately helped white Northerners turn against slavery.

While the film chronicles the events of one man during this time, the stories and details of so many still go untold. Explore the links below to understand the critical moments in history contributing to the stories told in “Emancipation.”

Educational Resources

Film Screenings & Events

Join us on Sunday, December 11 at The National Center For Civil and Human Rights for a public screening of the film, Emancipation. This event is free and open to the public. The film screening will be followed by a reception and viewing of an art installation curated by local Atlanta artists to allow space for dialogue and reflection.

Please RSVP using THIS form by Friday, December 9, to attend this event. Please note space is limited, and RSVPs will be honored on a first-come, first-serve basis. This film is rated-R and for audiences 17+. By attending this event, you consent to the use of all captured photography and videography.

Parking is available in The World of Coca-Cola Parking Deck (126 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313). Click here for additional parking information. The first 50 guests to arrive will have their parking validated.