'Traces of the Trade' Screening, Talk at NMU

Tuesday 31, 2017

Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North will be screened at Northern Michigan University by Dain and Constance Perry, a married couple involved with the film. They will also facilitate a discussion on race, reconciliation and healing. The free screening begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the Pioneer Room in the University Center. 

In the documentary, filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors, who were Northerners, were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. The film follows 10 DeWolf descendants, including Dain Perry, who retrace the triangle trade and gain new perspectives. Constance Perry is descendant of slaves in North Carolina. 

The couple travels extensively to do screenings of the film at Episcopal congregations and dioceses, as well as schools. During the 1970s, Dain worked for a nonprofit agency that promoted reform in the criminal justice system, particularly prison reform. He has been a member of his church vestry and has been an active volunteer in his community for many years. Constance is a self-employed national consultant. She works in economically disadvantaged communities, specializing as a facilitator for workforce and community development. 

Learn more about the film at www.tradesofthetrade.org. NMU's Multicultural Education and Resource Center is hosting the event.   

Jill Vermeulen
Student Writer