President Abraham Lincoln's historic Emancipation Proclamation did not apply to enslaved populations in Tennessee. Despite this, the then-military Governor of the state, Andrew Johnson, began the process of freeing his own slaves in Greeneville, Tennessee on August 8, 1863. This documentary exhibits the story of "the other Johnson family" and the geographic and social ripples that emanated from this important date still celebrated today. With newly cataloged documents, photographs, footage and interview with residents and academics, the 8th of August tells the story of a people's survival and the importance of celebration to the ideals of freedom in the United States.
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