At that same time in November, we had also just opened up a treasure chest of historical images, and used the remaining funds we had to digitize as many of them as possible to cinema-level quality. The money was well-spent, too - over 50 images obtained are now ready for insert into the film. If you've been following our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/thelightdocumentary) you will have been seeing our releases of some of those pictures as we go. They've been truly eye-opening, a glimpse into a past that makes the stories of our heroes' lives make so much more sense - this is how the world looked to them. Here's a tiny selection of some of those pictures.
The movement of Blacks into London is particularly interesting because London's reputation quickly spread as being a place with a need for good labour force to help grow the city. The bonus of being in a land with the same protections as British Subjects also helped, but the city has a wave of blacks move into the city - and immediately settle in the Hollow, a swampy area at the time but made extremely valuable when the Great Western Railway came to build the tracks just a few blocks from the station...
At this same time, the United States wasn't so "United". Even in the North, "free" states, the Fugitive Slave Act pushed through congress made it legal for blacks to be abducted and sold into the Slave Trade in the Slave states. Needless to say, that made the booming area of "the Southwest Peninsula" just beyond the borders and lost somewhere in the woods by legend, a very enticing place.
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