Kari Winter developing docuseries "Labor's Fruit"

Kari Winter in front of book shelf.

Published March 8, 2021

Professor Kari Winter is continuing to bring the memoir of Jeffrey Brace, a former slave, to life through a four-part documentary series.

From lost memoir to a docuseries

“I just have a burning passion to make sure this story registers in the public history in the American imagination because it’s a really important story,"
Kari Winter

Kari Winter has dedicated much of her career, 25 years to be exact, to unearthing the story of Jeffrey Brace, a former slave who published his own memoir in 1810, which was lost to time. Winter republished Brace's story as “The Blind African Slave: Or Memoirs of Boyrereau Brinch, Nicknamed Jeffrey Brace” and has continued to spread it far and wide. The next big project is bringing Brace's life to the screen through a four part documentary-series that Professor Winter is developing titled "Labor's Fruit". 

The UB Spectrum spoke with Professor Winter about this new project and how she is collaborating with UB researchers, local and national actors, and decendants of Jeffrey Brace with whom she has connected through the years. 

If you are interested in watching future table reads of the series, or learning more about the project please contact Kari Winter (kwinter2@buffalo.edu). 

This work is supported in part by UB's Humanities Institute and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development. Additional support provided by Just Buffalo Literacy Center's Civil Writes Project