Mississippi native lands leading role in BET series 'Book of Negroes'

Mississippi native lands leading role in BET series 'Book of Negroes'

MCCOMB, MISSISSIPPI - A Mississippi native snagged a leading role in the BET series 'Book of Negroes.'

Aunjanue L. Ellis landed the role of of Aminata Diallo, starring alongside costars such as Louis Gosset Jr. and Cuba Gooding Jr.

The Book of Negroes is based off of a document recorded in 1783 that contained records on 3000 former African American slaves.  Those recorded in the Book of Negroes were evacuated to British North America, where they were settled in the newly established Birchtown, Nova Scotia and other places in the colony, according to Wikipedia.

In the Treaty of Paris, the United States demanded their property be returned to them, including slaves.

The British refused to return the slaves, and the records were made to document those freed in Nova Scotia.

Ellis, a McComb native, landed the coveted role.

Ellis went to Tougaloo College before transferring to Brown University.

According to IMDB, Ellis has her B.A. in African-American studies from Brown University, and studied acting in the graduate drama program at NYU.

Ellis is also known for her roles in The Help, Ray, and Men of Honor.

The series aired Monday night at 7 p.m. and continues tonight at 8/7 central.

View the trailer for the series here.