The Impressions Head the Bill for “Free the Slaves” Concert at Plymouth

Plymouth Church is known for its pre-eminent role, under the leadership of Henry Ward Beecher, in the anti-slavery movement before the Civil War. While the Emancipation Proclamation declared the slaves free, and the Thirteenth Amendment abolished the “peculiar institution,” slavery still exists in the United States, and, on a larger scale, elsewhere in the world. Human trafficking for the sex trade is the best known aspect, but there is also slavery of the sort common in the antebellum South–men and women forced to do field or factory or domestic labor without pay and while held in bondage–in almost all parts of the world. Indeed, it is estimated that today there are more people held in slavery than ever in history.

The Brooklyn Historical Society, Plymouth Church, and Free the Slaves, an organization that is combating slavery of all kinds throughout the world, are presenting two events, a roundtable discussion at BHS on Friday, january 10, and a concert at Plymouth on Saturday, January 11, featuring the Impressions (video above), the Inspirational Voices of Abyssinian Baptist Church, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, and members of the Dap-Kings. The roundtable discussion begins at 7:00 p.m. Friday, but the BHS doors will open at 6:00 to allow you a sneak peek at the new exhibit “Brooklyn Abolitionists in Pursuit of Freedom.” Admission to this event is free, but you must reserve tickets here. The concert, which is a benefit for Free the Slaves, starts at 8:00 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25 or, for VIP seating, $150, and may be purchased here.

There is more information here.

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  • Karl Junkersfeld

    I hope to attend the concert at Plymouth but I must admit, the Impressions without Curtis Mayfield is like a day without sunshine. It just ain’t the same.

  • Earl

    Not the same but still very worthy. Curtis continued to work and produce The Impressions long after he left the group. Should be a fine show with an excellent band featuring Dap-King Binky Griptite who is producing the new Impressions album for Daptone

  • Lois

    Eagerly awaiting Karl’s review and possible video.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Would of loved to attend but I am very ill with the after effects of a miserable flu bug. Will be out of circulation for awhile. Thanks for asking though.

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    Get well soon! I am just getting over the flu myself (hopefully no complications.)

  • jen

    as we’ve seen with recent headlines even diplomats engage in the periphery of human bondage. their employees are treated quite well compared to what goes on across northern africa, the mid east and parts of the indian subcontinent.