300 Miles to Freedom is a history teacher’s dream.
It tells the little-known story of John
W. Jones, a Virginia slave who makes his way to freedom in upstate New York and
embarks on a new life of ensuring freedom and justice for others.
It thus leads students beyond the
classic narratives of famous fugitives. But the documentary does more. It draws students into the process of doing history. It takes them along on the journey to
track Jones’ experiences and allows them to see the detective work and the
creativity involved in reconstructing the past. The journey compels viewers of all ages to reflect on what
the past that Jones represents means for people today. In short, the film brings history to
life as it traces one man’s complex and gripping experiences of American
-Dr. Joan Bryant
Associate Professor, African American Studies
“In this sesquicentennial period, when we remember the war that forged our nation,
300 Miles goes a long way to bring the story of Mr. Jones to greater public awareness.”
Author, Social Historian
“….a natural choice for classroom use at all levels of education and for other
groups interested in an original discussion of America in crisis.
-Dr.John Scott Strickland
Associate Professor of History
film would make an excellent teaching tool for middle and high school American
History teachers in their Civil War unit.”
-Priscilla Pirozzolo, M.A.
The Woodlands, Texas
film opens a great opportunity to see current events and challenges within
their historical context.”
Chemung County Historical Society
is important that the Harlem community understands the impact of slavery on the
lives of the African American people. Without the strife of our ancestors I
have no clue where I would stand today.”
Bill Lynch Associates