Searching for Timbuctoo Filmmaker Discussion

with filmmaker Paul Miller

May 10, 2022

7:00 p.m.

Zoom Webinar

Searching for Timbuctoo poster

In 1846, in an effort to level a blow against racism, wealthy New York landowner and well-known abolitionist leader, Gerrit Smith, gave away 120,000 acres of wild land to nearly 3000 African-American men so that they could have the right to vote in the State of New York. What Smith could not know is that his plan would also lead one man to the brink of insanity; send another to the gallows, and help hurtle the nation towards a catastrophic civil war. Searching For Timbuctoo reveals the hidden history of this long-lost community and follows an archaeology team trying to unearth it. Join filmmaker Paul Miller for a preview of the film’s trailer and a Q&A session about this incredible story. To learn more about the film, visit

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