"Freedman Town 2.0": A Nuanced Perspective on Denton's African-American History
January 17, 2018
The stories showcased in Freedmantown 2.0 focus on the African American community of Quakertown, which was founded in Denton in the 1880s and forcibly relocated in 1921 to southeast Denton, or Freedmantown, when the city voted to disband the community in favor of creating a park.
Summer class celebrates history in an interactive way
August 14, 2017
“I feel like this project opened my eyes to what it truly means to be a part of something that can reach and affect an entire community,” media arts senior Okoye Anderson said.
Anderson was a part of the group whose task was to find more about the history of Quakertown. Anderson said they tried to seek out a new perspective by challenging the master narrative found in previous documents about the town.
“I’m going to walk away from this knowing that we gave a lot of people in the community fresh content about the story of Quakertown and historical black Denton,” Anderson said.
Film class puts Quakertown walking tour on smartphones
August 05, 2017
“Once all this is finalized,” he said, “I will be grateful that I can do this for the younger generation. It was great to get to know people who know about this community. And I think it’s good to be able to get this out there to people who don’t know about it, and might not be able to find this history.” Student Quote
Many of the residents we interviewed had stories of community activism and told us tales of how they stood together to get roads paved, build a community center and senior center, and to integrate the schools."
Filmmaker calls on students to capture Heights’ history
July 01, 2016
The FAMe model will be used to accomplish the Twinsburg Heights documentary. Four college students from Twinsburg, including two from the Heights, taught a recent two-week-long workshop attended by 15 students from all over Twinsburg. Students learned the basics of using cameras, editing and interviewing skills, and were also provided guidance on ACT prep, college applications and applying for financial aid.
Community rolls out the red carpet for Heights film premiere: TWINSBURG TRIBUNE
August 01, 2016
Avaughn Lardell, a sophomore at THS, handled the audio and the boom microphone for the interviews. “It started as a community service project, but that changed when I realized that there was so much history to learn,” he said. “It was a lot of fun. Carla taught me what I needed to know, and now this may be something I want to do when I grow up. I feel that the film was a good thing. There was a community center that was torn down, and now I think we need to get it rebuilt.”