​​BROUGHT TO LIGHT is a story of rediscovery, respect and change. The cleanup efforts by a few villagers of some stone markers in an overgrown field lead to the rediscovery of a forgotten, “slaves’ cemetery” in which hundreds of African-Americans were buried during the 1800s.

A portal to the past lives of Kinderhook’s lesser-known non-white population, the documentary explores Black history and the efforts of some Hudson Valley residents to restore respect to the Persons of Color Cemetery.

This one-hour documentary features​ the archaeological dig to place the interpretive sign, and a Ground Penetrating Radar Survey conducted at the site. Moving excerpts from the 2017 cemetery rededication ceremony and a dramatization involving oral history and the Underground Railroad are included.

BROUGHT TO LIGHT guides viewers on a journey through history as it relates to Kinderhook and the Persons of Color Cemetery.

Watch local history come to life through highlights from the Kinderhook Walks series, interviews with archaeologists from the New York State Museum, a University at Albany adjunct professor of Africana Studies, and a TOP STORY report from Nia Hamm of NewsChannel 13.  

DVD EXTRAS include AERIAL VIEWS over Kinderhook, a PHOTO GALLERY and more.

​Demetria Bridges

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BROUGHT TO LIGHT | Unearthing the History of an African-American Cemetery in Kinderhook, NY

Some 500 African-Americans may have been buried there. Only a few stone markers remain. Their stories live on.


BROUGHT TO LIGHT is dedicated to those buried in the Persons of Color Cemetery and all who respect them.

​​Voice Talent
​Amy Freinberg-Trufas

Dan Doyle Photography

Voice Talent Charles Logan