It is the year 1861 and President Lincoln has called for 75,000 men to join the Union Army. As the Civil War begins, another battle has been raging for decades. It is the fight for freedom waged by the Underground Railroad.
William Hanby has been a station master on the Underground Railroad for many years. He breaks the law of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, as he puts himself and his family in great danger to help runaway slaves reach freedom. Difficulty arises when a new bounty hunter arrives in the area, determined to make money by returning runaway slaves to their masters. The situation is further complicated when Hanby’s primary railroad conductor joins the Union Army to fight in the war.
Meanwhile, further south along the Ohio River, at the border of the slave state of Kentucky and the free state of Ohio, the frontline of the fight for freedom rages. Jackson Cumberland, a free black man, risks his life regularly to help runaway slaves make it across the river. Samuel Woodson, a slave rescued by Jackson, yearns to be re-united with his sister, still caught on the other side of the river.
Your family will be inspired by the life of William Hanby, a real life historical hero, and his family. You will be moved by the stories of runaway slaves longing to be re-united with their families, and those risking their lives to save them. You will be captivated as you follow the Union Army’s 14th OVI in their fight against the Confederate Army in Virginia. This inspirational family film by KICKS Flicks will both educate and entertain as it encourages you to stand for the freedom of every person.
“A man should be no one’s possession.” That is the theme of this movie and Bishop Hanby and various helpers aid the cause of freedom from slavery during the Civil War. The movie shows various slaves escaping to the Underground Railroad to find freedom. Yet a bounty hunter pursues them and he is relentless. The soundtrack is terrific in this film as are the costumes. As you watch the movie you will feel as if you are suddenly back in time, living in 1861. The film concludes with the end of the Civil War but a lot happens between the start and finish, including some battles and various characters holding onto their faith in God despite hard times and young men marching off to battle, leaving families and homes behind.
We are pleased to award this film our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages twelve plus. As the title of the film so aptly puts it, this one is about freedom and the price that was paid for that freedom.