History Detectives: Civil War Bridge, Scottsboro Boys Stamp
Saturday, November 17 at 9:00 p.m.
While clearing some newly purchased property along the Broad River in Columbia, South Carolina, the owner discovered evidence of an old bridge abutment. He searched the river for clues and thinks he may have pinpointed the location where Confederates burned the bridge to thwart General Sherman's attempt to cross into Columbia to continue his scorch-and-burn campaign.
Next, the Detectives tackle the case of an inconspicuous black and white stamp purchased at an outdoor market in Scottsboro, Alabama. "Save the Scottsboro Boys" is printed on the stamp above nine black faces behind prison bars and two arms prying the bars apart. Gwendolyn Wright consults with a stamp expert to reveal the truth behind the tiny penny stamp.
Finally, a New York man took a stroll through Harlem 20 years ago and stumbled across boxes of sheet music in a dumpster. Among the paper scores were metal sheets that look like printing plates for "Take the A Train," written by Billy Strayhorn and performed by jazz great Duke Ellington. Tukufu Zuberi sets out to find the story behind these plates and to determine the role they played in this jazz classic.