Independent filmmaker Joanne Caputo will present a talk on “Me Too in American Slavery: The Margaret Garner Story” at 6 p.m. Feb. 16 at Milford Public Library, 11 SE Front St.
The presentation will be based on Caputo’s research for her television series based on Margaret Garner’s life.
The “Me Too in Slavery” presentation comes at a time when the two-word hashtag — created by Black civil rights activist Tarana Burke — is being used on social media to help demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual harassment and assault.
Caputo’s research of Garner began more than 20 years ago, inspired by a private compulsion to understand Garner’s child murder. By 1998, she located Garner’s enslaved home in northern Kentucky, rescuing a buried cook pot from bulldozing efforts taking place. That same year she helped organize a preliminary archaeological dig by two universities and subsequent listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Caputo published her Margaret Garner e-book in 2008, endorsed by historian Charles Blockson, of Temple University, author of “The Underground Railroad.” She also published an accompanying memoir about her research experience.
Caputo moved to Milford from the Dayton, Ohio, area with her husband in 2015. A former medical filmmaker and magna cum laude graduate from the University of Pittsburgh, Caputo’s first documentary, “On a Roll: Family, Disability and The American Dream,” won the PBS Independent Lens Audience Award and was recommended by The New York Times.