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Tony Award Winner George Faison to Host and NY1’s Cheryl Wills to Emcee Live Event Open to the Public on February 4th to Commemorate Black History Month.

WHAT: A special two-hour evening of entertainment to kick-off Black History Month, celebrate the Emancipation Proclamation and contemplate the outcome if Lincoln had been defeated in his re-election bid. Entitled "HeartBeat," the live event includes stirring music and original dance pieces from and inspired by the period, and readings from historic excerpts by abolitionists Frederick Douglas, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Live performances will be followed by a sneak-peek screening of Civil War: The Untold Story - “With Malice Toward None,” the final hour in a visually stunning new 5-part TV documentary series that shows how political, social and military forces of the war collided in Atlanta during the summer of 1864 – a time when Lincoln’s re-election and the Emancipation Proclamation were both hanging in the balance.

Civil War: The Untold Story is a new series narrated by Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey) and produced for public television. Premiering nationally in spring 2014, the series breaks new ground by examining the war through the lens of the Western Theater – including critically important yet lesser-known battles of Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chickamauga, and Atlanta.

Filmed on the very grounds where these epic battles were fought, it recreates authentic scenes and features interviews with top historians to provide new insights on the war and the relatively unknown roles that African Americans played in the conflict, from enslaved to emancipated to soldier.

Civil War: The Untold Story will premiere in the New York metro area on public television station THIRTEEN in Spring 2014.WHEN: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm ET

ACT I: PERFORMANCES, Recitations; Dance pieces; Speech - "New York City During the Civil War” presented by National Park Service, which has six sites in Manhattan. Several of those sites deal with the Civil War.

ACT II: SCREENING, Civil War: The Untold Story

WHERE: Faison Firehouse Theatre – Harlem, NY. 6 Hancock Place (124th St., between Morningside & St. Nicholas Aves)

TICKETS: The event is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reservations can be made at [email protected] or call the Faison Firehouse Theatre Box Office line at 347 210-8679.

Civil War: The Untold Story is produced for public television by Great Divide Pictures, which, in addition to numerous cable television documentaries, has created more than 25 films shown in National Parks Visitor Centers around the country. The series is sponsored by Nashville Public Television and will be distributed to public television stations nationally by American Public Television (APT).

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