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Uplifting Stories Highlight Black History Weekend at Old Sturbridge

Friday, June 13, 2014

 

Tammy Denease

Old Sturbridge Village will celebrate Black History Weekend on June 21-22 by using storytellers and historians to portray uplifting stories from African American history.

Storyteller Tammy Denease will portray Sarah Margu – America’s first African woman to graduate from an American college – on Saturday and Elizabeth Keckly – a former slave that became a dressmaker and confidante of Mary Todd Lincoln – on Sunday. In addition, historians will be portraying abolitionists Abigail Kelley Foster and William Lloyd Garrison. Stories and folklore from the African oral tradition will be performed by Andre Keitt in Keys to the Keepers. On Saturday, educators from Boston’s Museum of African American History will present a live historic interpretation of school teacher Susan Paul, who taught in the country’s first black public school built in Boston in 1835.

“The village has been expanding its black history programs for the past few years now,” said Ann Lindblad, who is a consultant for the Old Sturbridge Village. “This program covers some very interesting pioneers in the anti-slavery movement in the country, people who may not be as well known and who generally aren’t talked about in traditional history classes.”

The event is held in June to commemorate historical “Juneteenth” celebrations which reported were first celebrated in 1865. “Juneteenth” marked the end of slavery after the Civil War. Admission is $24 for adults, $22 for seniors, and $8 for children ages 3-7. Children two and under are free. Visit www.osv.org for a full schedule of events. 

 

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