The Book of Negroes

TitleThe Book of Negroes
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsVirgo, Clement
Running Time264 minutes
Date Released01/2015
DistributorCBC, BET
CountryCanada, United States
Publication Languageenglish

Inspired by real life events, this six-part, limited television series uncovers the history of Black Loyalists during the American Revolutionary War. Aminata, enslaved at age 11, becomes a central figure in preparing the Book of Negroes, a list of enslaved people the British promised freedom to and safe passage to Nova Scotia. The series portrays Aminata's history of enslavement (from kidnapping and work on a South Carolina indigo plantation to her struggle to survive and maintain her familial bonds) and of freedom (from life in Nova Scotia to her return to Africa and abolitionist work).


Aunjanue Ellis

Lyriq Bent

Ben Chaplin

Allan Hawco

Greg Bryk

Shailyn Pierre-Dixon

Siya Xaba

Cara Ricketts

Dwain Murphy

Sandra Caldwell

Rick Roberts

Joel Thomas Hynes

Stephan James

Matt Ward

Meredith MacNeill

Amy Louise Wilson

Antonio David Lyons

Jane Alexander

Cuba Gooding Jr.

Louis Gosset Jr.


Produced by Damon D'Oliveira and Clement Virgo

Directed and Writted by Clement Virgo

Cinematography by Giulio Biccari

Edited by Kye Meechan and Susan Shipton

Music by Philip Miller


Drama, History, War

Full Text

This fictional story is based on real-life events and derives from the Book of Negroes, a historical document that lists over 3,000 Black Loyalists who settled in Nova Scotia after escaping slavery through their loyalty to the British Army during the American Revolutionary War. 

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