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Short Film 1872 Forward: Foreword Selected for Screening at the 2023 Denton Black Film Festival

More Than a Fraction Foundation sponsored Merry Treet Memorial event at Virginia Tech.
More Than a Fraction Foundation sponsored the Merry Tree Memorial event at Virginia Tech, the subject of the 1872 Forward: Foreword short film. (Photo Credit: Rodney Kimbangu)

*The Denton Black Film Festival (DBFF) has announced that the short documentary film 1872 Forward: Foreword will be screened at DBFF Friday January 27, 2023, at 4:30pmCST at the Alamo Drafthouse Theatre #8 (Denton, Texas). 1872 Forward: Foreword documentary was produced by Wesby One Production and the More Than a Fraction Foundation and follows the Merry Tree Memorial event held March 24 – 26, 2022 at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) for their 1872 Forward: Celebrating Virginia Tech and its 250-year history. The event was sponsored with grants from the Virginia Humanities and the The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

The DBFF will be held in Denton, Texas from January 25 – 29, 2023 at various locations and January 29 – February 5, 2023, virtually. The festival showcases not only cinema, but also music, spoken word, technology, comedy, and art. Locations include the Alamo Drafthouse Theatre, the Denton Civic Center, and the Margo Jones Performance Hall.

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Short film 1872 Forward: Foreword.
Short film 1872 Forward: Foreword, produced by Wesby One and More Than a Fraction Foundation, selected for screening at the 2023 Denton Black Film Festival in Texas.

John Wesby (Wesby One Productions) filmed, directed, and produced the project and the More Than A Fraction Foundation executively produced the documentary. The creative non-fiction book “More Than a Fraction: Based on a true story” is a narrative book based on the research by Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs, the Executive Director of the More Than A Fraction Foundation. She discovered that her ancestors were enslaved on the grounds that are now Virginia Tech when it was once called Smithfield.

Impressed with her research and connection to the grounds of the institution she was invited to join the Board of Directors of the Smithfield-Preston Foundation which oversees another part of the grounds connected to Virginia Tech which was also on the Smithfield plantation. Dr. Moseley-Hobbs has been serving on the board since 2015 and helping to highlight the lives of enslaved Africans and displaced Indigenous peoples. The More Than A Fraction Foundation Merry Tree Memorial project highlights the tree that was the center point for the enslaved community to meet, worship, marry, and more for over 300 years.

Dr. Moseley-Hobbs has over 30-year career in education (administration, research, and program development). She is one of the leading speakers on the history of Africans in America and African-Americans from the Appalachian region. Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs is a fifth-generation descendant of Thomas Fraction, the main subject in her book “More Than a Fraction.”

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