ON THIS DAY in 1849, American abolitionist Harriet Tubman and her two brothers escaped from slavery. Tubman’s escape was depicted in the 1978 made-for-TV movie, A WOMAN CALLED MOSES, starring Cicely Tyson and narrated by Orson Welles.
ON THIS DAY in 1963, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The rally called for civil and economic rights for African Americans, and featured Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech. The 1963 short film, THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON, documented this historic event.