Special Screening of ‘Yosemite Through the Eyes of a Buffalo Soldier, 1903’ Coming to the Public Library

Freeport, Illinois — As part of the ongoing One Book, One Freeport program, Freeport Public Library announces a newly scheduled event. The Library will screen a film made by Gloryland author Shelton Johnson, “Yosemite Through the Eyes of a Buffalo Soldier, 1903.” Two screenings will take place at the library, on Tuesday, April 11, 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 12, 2 p.m.

This film is a gift to the One Book, One Freeport program by Shelton Johnson. For those of you who loved reading Gloryland, you will enjoy the film even more. This is a perfect conclusion to the 2017 One Book, One Freeport program.

“Yosemite Through the Eyes of a Buffalo Soldier, 1903” features Ranger Shelton Johnson as Sergeant Elizy Boman, Troop “K,” Ninth Cavalry and his observations as one of the first “park rangers” to serve in Yosemite’s vast wilderness. We see Yosemite through the eyes of this Black Indian from South Carolina and feel his growing affection for this new world. The film blazes a trail to an important history that was nearly lost, and provides an opportunity to rise with the Buffalo Soldiers through the Range of Light.

“Yosemite Through the Eyes of a Buffalo Soldier, 1903” is a film by Emmy Award winning filmmaker, Sterling Johnson., This beautifully photographed and edited film was written by Shelton Johnson, and shot entirely in the Yosemite of today and yesterday. Jeff Southwick composed the music for the film which features Shelton Johnson’s spirited improvisations on Native American Flutes, providing a high note beneath which Southwick’s lyrical explorations offer an inspired musical score.

The mission of the One Book, One Freeport program is to encourage a shared reading experience, foster a sense of community, and promote literacy to people of all ethnic backgrounds, economic levels, and ages. Based on similar programs in communities across the country, One Book, One Freeport provides free copies of a selected book and coordinates educational programs and events to explore topics related to the book. Visit http://freeportpubliclibrary.org/onebook/ for more details.

This event is free and open to the public.


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