First Look: Exclusive Images from 'The Watsons Go to Birmingham'

The Hallmark Channel's original movie, The Watsons Go to Birmingham, follows a family from Flint, MI who travels to Birmingham in the summer of 1963—the same year the four little girls were killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. Based on a children's book, it stars Anika Noni Rose, Wood Harris, David Alan Grier, LaTanya Richardson and more. The film, which was directed by Kenny Leon and was written and produced by Tonya Lewis Lee, is slated for a September release. Check out these exclusive set photos below!

ESSENCE.COM May, 06, 2013

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Anika Noni Rose as Wilona Watson in 'The Watsons Go to Birmingham'

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Wood Harris as Daniel in The Watsons Go to Birmingham.

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(L to R) Harrison Knight as Byron and Bryce Jenkins as Kenny in The Watsons Go to Birmingham.

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(L to R) Anika Noni Rose as Wilona, Bryce Jenkins as Kenny, Skai Jackson as Joetta, Wood Harris as Daniel and Harrison Knight as Byron in The Watsons Go to Birmingham.