For the Fourth of July, I present a cool audio artifact.
In 1948, Chicago radio station WMAQ (owned by NBC) created a drama series called “Destination Freedom.” It told the stories of notable African Americans.
The first episode (aired June 27, 1948) was about Crispus Attucks, remembered as the first man to die in the American Revolution. The radio play, titled “The Knock Kneed Man,” was written by Richard Durham.
A journalist for the Chicago Defender and an experienced radio dramatist, Richard Durham wrote 91 scripts for “Destination Freedom.” Fifteen of those scripts were published in book form in 1989.
To hear the complete half-hour episode about Crispus Attucks, click here. This and other episodes of “Destination Freedom” can be downloaded (for free) from the Internet Archive.