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Monday, February 19, 2007

Former "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" star in Newton tomorrow

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Karyn Parsons (far left) and the rest of the "Fresh Prince" cast.
(Photo by Chris Haston/NBC)

NEWTON

Karyn Parsons, the actress and producer who is perhaps best known for her role as Hilary Banks on the long-running NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, will be at the Newton History Museum tomorrow afternoon in a special celebration of Black History Month.

Parsons will be on hand for a screening of her short film, "The Journey of Henry Box Brown." the story of a slave who won his freedom in 1849 by shipping himself from Virginia to Philadelphia in a wooden box.

The film is being presenting as part of a special program aimed at children aged 3 to 8, which will run from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Museum. Following the screening Parsons in person. While adults learn more about the film from Parsons, children will be able to climb inside the replica of Henry's 3-by-2-by-2-foot box, which is housed in the Newton History Museum's permanent exhibit, and also work on an art project.

The Newton History Museum, located on Washington Street in Newton Corner on the site of the historic Jackson Homestead, is a documented site on the Underground Railroad and presents exhibitions on a variety of historic topics.

Tickets for the event are $10 and include admission for one adult and one child. Anyone interested can visit the museum online or can call 617-796-1450.

-- Ralph Ranalli

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