Film Screening- Gina's Journey: The Search for William Grimes
Date: February 4, 2018
Time: 12:00
Location: Visual and Performing Arts Center, Forman School, 12 Norfolk Rd
Fee: Free
Registration: Yes, email
Description: Please join the Litchfield Historical Society in welcoming Regina Mason, international speaker, author, playwright, and producer, for a screening of her award-winning documentary, Gina’s Journey: The Search for William Grimes. The film follows Ms. Mason’s path as she traces the steps of her ancestor, William Grimes, who traveled the Underground Railroad from Georgia to freedom in Connecticut. Grimes spent time in Litchfield, owned several businesses and worked for many Litchfield Law School students. The film conveys not only Ms. Mason’s long road to uncover her past, but also the unimaginable conditions that faced William Grimes as he struggled to free himself from slavery. While in Connecticut Grimes was identified as a man who escaped slavery, but with the help of Litchfield residents he eventually purchased his freedom. In 1825 Grimes published his story, the first fugitive slave narrative in U.S. History, written while in Litchfield. Locations in the film include the Tapping Reeve House & Law School. For the trailer and more information about the film, visit

The screening is free and open to the public. It is generously sponsored by the Connecticut Community Foundation.

The screening will be held at the Forman School Visual and Performing Arts Center 12 Norfolk Road, Litchfield, CT 06759