Discover Where HARRIET was Filmed in Virginia
Harriet is based on the story of iconic freedom fighter Harriet Tubman, her escape from slavery and subsequent missions to free dozens of slaves through the Underground Railroad in the face of growing pre-Civil War adversity.
Released November 1, 2019, Harriet filmed in Virginia in fall and winter of 2018, spending time in Richmond, Powhatan, Cumberland, Petersburg, Mathews and several other localities. The project from Focus Features will be the first feature length film to tell the story of famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who brought hundreds of slaves to freedom in 19th century America. Released November 1, 2019, Harriet stars Tony-award winning actress Cynthia Erivo, alongside Leslie Odom Jr, Janelle Monae, and Joe Alwyn.
Following Harriet Podcast
"Following Harriet" is a podcast that takes a closer look at the life of Harriet Tubman, one of the bravest and most extraordinary women in our country's history. Through interviews with leading historians, educators and even the director of the Focus Features film Harriet, it puts the American icon in a broader context and examines the 19th Century experience of African Americans, especially in Virginia.
"Following Harriet" has won the following awards to date:
- #1 History Podcast & #12 overall Top Show on Apple Podcasts
- Silver Award, New York Festivals Radio Awards 2020 – Narrative/Documentary Podcast
- Webby Awards 2020 Honoree – Podcasts: Best Mini Series
- Award of Merit, PRSA Virginia Public Relations Awards 2020 – New Media and Digital Communications
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EPISODE 1: BECOMING HARRIET
Harriet Tubman was so much more than the short history lesson we got about her in school. She was a wife and mother, an entrepreneur, a soldier, a spy, a nurse and an activist who fought for women’s right to vote. In this episode, we explore the most influential and interesting episodes in her life.
EPISODE 2: THE ENSLAVED & THE VIRGINIA FREEDOM SEEKERS
As we learn more about Harriet Tubman, we also get a better understanding of the broader experience for African Americans in the 19th Century. In this episode, we travel to museums throughout Virginia and to the presidential homes of Thomas Jefferson (Monticello) and James Madison (Montpelier) to hear how those stories are being told today.
EPISODE 3: HARRIET'S LEGACY TODAY: STRENGTH, COURAGE & TRIUMPH
In this episode, we pull Harriet’s story and the story of the African American experience in 19th Century America right through to the present. We talk about why a movie like Harriet, and how it depicts the way she lived her life, is so important to us as Americans at this time.
EPISODE 4: (BONUS) MUSICIAN RHIANNON GIDDENS ON HARRIET
This bonus episode is a condensed version of our interview with Grammy Award-winning musician, artist and activist Rhiannon Giddens, founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. We talk to her about her song "At the Purchaser's Option," her music and Harriet Tubman.