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Mattie, Johnny, and the Smooth White Stones

You may recall that we wrote about a new historical movie that was being filmed in the Maysville area in our November 2005 issue. That film is set to make its premier screening in Ripley, tonight at 7 pm. The movie is about a slave couple's struggle to be properly married during the 1850s. It's called "Mattie, Johnny and the Smooth White Stones, Part II" and is directed by Cassandra Hollis, who also stars as the character Mattie. Part of the movie was filmed in the basement of the Phillip's Folly on Sutton Street and shows the scene where two characters are hiding from slave chasers. The production company, Holy Hills Productions, has already received acclaim from the National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program for the first part of the film and its authentic rendition of this part of the nation's history.

According to the Holy Hills Productions web site:

From the time that slavery began in the late 1600s until its end in 1863, thousands of slaves escaped to their freedom. Many were led by Harriet Tubman on the Underground Railroad. And then there were those who ran away into the night on their own. And then, there was... Mattie.

Mattie and Johnny are two slaves who are in love and hope to marry officially. They decide to runaway when Johnny learns that he will be sold in two days because the plantation owner found out that he had been teaching other slaves how to read and write. So, Mattie and Johnny plan to escape on the Underground Railroad.

They planned for Mattie to run off into the woods first and Johnny would meet her later by the tree with the Smooth White Stones arranged in the shape of a cross.

Something goes terribly wrong with their plan and audiences will be shocked to see what the combination of faith and love produced...

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