The Life of Stephen Bates

WORLD PREMIERE

WINNER: Shouldice Family Prize for Best Vermont-Made Film

The Life of Stephen Bates tells the story of Vermont’s first-known Black sheriff.  Stephen Bates escaped slavery in 1862.  After the Civil War, he moved north to Vergennes, Vermont where he was elected sheriff for 25 years. For over a century, his life was all but forgotten until 2019, when his great-grandsons teamed up with a group of historians and community members to research and commemorate Stephen Bates’ remarkable life.

SCREENING INFORMATION 

Date: Friday, August 26
Time: 9am
Location: Town Hall Theater

CREDITS 

Director: Chris Spencer [Filmmaker to Attend]
Producer: Chris Spencer

FILM INFORMATION 

Genre: Documentary
Length: 8 minutes
Location: United States
Language: English