The mother of Rev. Daniel W. Shaw [1886-89] is featured in the film “Twelve Years A Slave”. Mistress Harriet Shaw is played by Alfie Woodard. Events took place in the Louisiana Bayou country.
Woodard describes the role as being that of “concubine” to a slave owner. Harriet Shaw bore several children while paired with this slave owner. They lived on a plantation neighboring that of our protagonist.
Dan Shaw attended schools sponsored by Methodists before coming to attend the then Baldwin College in Berea,Ohio He moved to Oberlin as a divinity student while serving as pastor of this church beginning in 1886. After ,leaving town , he served churches in other states.