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Will Smith Pays for 4th of July Fireworks in New Orleans

Will Smith Pays for 4th of July Fireworks in New Orleans

Smith is in New Orleans working on his latest film Emancipation, which will tell the story of a slave, Peter, who escaped a Louisiana plantation and whose photo of scars on his back from being whipped exposed the brutality of slavery. He would also fight for the Union in the Civil War.

Smith moved production of the film from Georgia to Louisiana in early April after Georgia passed a new voting law that prompted a federal lawsuit saying the overhaul was intended to deny Black voters equal access to the ballot.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

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