This past summer film director Lee Daniels took the box office by storm with The Butler. The film depicted the ins and outs of the White House during the Civil Rights Movement through the story of Cecil Gaines, a butler who served in the white house for 34 years. If the movie wasn’t enough for you, fans of The Butler and American history in general are in for a treat! According to Vulture, ABC Network will be creating a twelve-hour miniseries based on the Elizabeth Dowding Taylor book, A Slave in the White House.
The book details the life of Peter Jennings, a slave for President James Madison during his childhood who wound up working as staff in the White House. He eventually bought his freedom from Senator Daniel Webster. Jennings is also noted for writing the first White House memoir entitled, A Colored Man’s Reminiscences Of James Madison. It was published in 1865.
Directors Sheldon Candis and Justin Wilson will be writing and producing the project. The projected air date has not been released.
Will you tune in to watch “A Slave in the White House” when it debuts?