It was magic hour, when the shadows are long and the light is at its best. There was little noise to distract. Only the birds sang out at Harriet Beecher Stowe's resting place. Engraved on the foot of the monument are the words, Her Children Rise Up and Call Her Blessed.
She died on July 1, 1896 at the age of 85 in her Hartford, Connecticut home and is buried, along with her husband Calvin, in a small and quiet historic cemetery located at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Their beloved son, Henry Ellis, who drowned at age 19 in the Connecticut River, is buried near them.
While the majority of production on Fourth Wall Films new documentary Harriet Beecher Stowe: Her Transformative Ohio Years (working title) takes place in Cincinnati, Ohio, producers Kelly and Tammy Rundle also filmed on the East Coast where Harriet spent her childhood, girlhood, successful years as a writer, and her final days.
“Uncle Tom’s Cabin” had just been published when Harriet Beecher Stowe moved to Andover in 1852, where Calvin was a professor at the Andover Theological Seminary. They made their home there until 1864.
Harriet Beecher Stowe: Her Transformative Ohio Years will tell the story of the writer’s life in Cincinnati, Ohio and how these life-changing experiences contributed to Harriet's best-selling novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Beecher-Stowe lived in Cincinnati between 1832 and 1850, and just after her move to Maine, she adapted her Ohio experiences and anti-slavery sentiment into America’s most influential novel.
Harriet Beecher Stowe: Her Transformative Ohio Years received a grant from the Ohio Humanities (OH), a State affiliate of The National Endowment for the Humanities for production and post-production work. The project's fiscal sponsor is Friends of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House .
Fourth Wall Films is an Emmy® nominated and award-winning independent film and video production company formerly located in Los Angeles, and now based in Moline, Illinois. Fourth Wall Films focuses on telling Midwestern stories through historical documentary films that reach viewers via PBS broadcasts, theaters, film festivals, national DVD release and online streaming.
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