GPB is hosting on Wednesday a film screening of Black 47, an action-adventure drama that takes place during the Irish potato famine of the late 1840s.
Shane Stevens, consul general of the Irish Consulate, will be in Atlanta for the screening of the film alongside GPB CEO Teya Ryan and the film’s star, James Frecheville.
Some 800,000 Georgians claim Irish heritage. The first shipload of immigrants from Ireland docked on the coast of what became the colony of Georgia and 1734. Thousands were escaping the potato famine of 1845 to 1849, when nearly 1 million Irish nationals died. Black 47 examines the horrors of the famine and the resilience of the Irish people.