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NOVA Professor’s Work Becomes Documentary

January 30, 2008

Northern Virginia Community College history professor Terry Alford’s biography, Prince Among Slaves (Oxford University Press, 1977), tells the story of Abdul Rahman, who was sold into slavery in 1788. The West African prince worked tobacco fields in Mississippi; his enslavement lasted 40 years.

More than 200 years later, Alford’s work will be shown on public television, thanks to award-winning director Andrea Kalin’s docudrama. Prince Among Slaves is narrated by rapper Mos Def and is scheduled to air on PBS stations February 4. Winner of the Best Documentary at the 2007 American Black Film Festival and a Cine Golden Eagle Award, Prince Among Slaves was filmed in St. Mary’s City, Md., and at locations in and around the Chesapeake Bay.  Alford, a resident of Annandale, has taught at NOVA since 1972.

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