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The Book of Negroes


6×60 minutes – Historical drama, mini-series
Language: English
Date of first broadcast: January 7, 2015
Originating network: CBC Television

Based on the book by Canadian author Laurence Hill who cowrote the screenplay, The Book of Negroes depicts the extraordinary life journey of Aminata Diallo – an indomitable African woman who cuts a swath through a world that is pre-disposed to underestimate her. Kidnapped by slave traders in West Africa and subsequently enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata must navigate her way through the American Revolution in New York, the isolated refuge of Nova Scotia and the treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone, before ultimately securing her freedom in England at the dawn of the 19th century. As great as her accomplishments are, Aminata discovers that her desire to reclaim the home of her childhood can never be fulfilled and that in order to find peace, she must carve out a new home of her own. The Book of Negroes was co-produced by CBC in Canada and BET in the United States.

Also see: CBC Honours Emancipation Day


Executive Producer:

Damon D’Oliveira
Daniel Iron
Bill Niven
Margaret O’Brien
Lance Samuels
Carrie Stein
Clément Virgo


Clément Virgo


Clément Virgo
Lawrence Hill


Giulio Biccari


Kye Meechan
Susan Shipton

Production Designer:

Jason Clarke
Brian Glaser
Anthony A. Ianni

Costume Designer:

Kate Carin

Cast: Roles:

Louis Gossett Jr.
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Aunjanue Ellis
Allan Hawco
Lyriq Bent
Ben Chaplin
Jane Alexander
Cara Ricketts
Sandra Caldwell
Greg Bryk
Philip Akin
Rachel Crawford
Joel Thomas Hynes
Jennifer Kydd
Joris Jarsky
Stephan James
Hugh Thompson
Kevin Kincaid
Christopher Shore
Mouna Traoré

Daddy Moses
Sam Fraunces
Aminata Diallo
Solomon Lindo
Captain John Clarkson
Maria Witherspoon
Robinson Appleby
John Cartwright
Matthew Witherspoon
Annapolis Court Clerk
Dockyard Bounty Hunter
Cummings Shakspear
Constable Theodore Barnes
Shelburne Auctioneer
Deputy Quartermaster