Local youth, community members’ civil rights journey through Deep South documented in ‘Get on the Bus!’

CHESTERTOWN — The locally produced “Get on the Bus!” documentary will premiere at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 in the Gibson Center for the Arts’ Decker Theatre on the Washington College campus.

The event is free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be available, and a cash bar will be open.

The documentary follows a 2022 civil rights journey through the Deep South. Local K-12 students, community members, and Washington College students and alumni joined together in an envoy to deliver historic materials from Chestertown — including a jar of soil collected from the site of James Taylor’s lynching in Chestertown in 1892 — to the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, where they will be permanently housed.

Along the way, participants visited the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama; walked over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama; and toured Martin Luther King’s Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

“Capturing the group’s daily reflections and conversations, the documentary reveals a community working together to develop both a deeper understanding of the past and a collective response to present day racial injustices,” a news release states.

The event, sponsored by Minary’s Dream Alliance, Sumner Hall and Washington College’s Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, is an opportunity to hear from those who made this trip and documentary possible.

As an aside, the film, directed by Justinian Matthew Dispenza and produced by Andover Media of Galena, will be screened as part of the Ocean City Film Festival on Friday and Saturday, March 8-9.

FYI: Also on Feb. 14, Minary’s Dream Alliance will be celebrating the third anniversary of the purchase of its headquarters on American Legion Drive, Chestertown.

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