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New theater series portrays pioneering African Americans in Indiana’s history

We’ll debut a new, original series of museum theater performances on Saturdays throughout the month of February that focus on the lives and achievements of select African-American historic figures in Indiana.
 
“Black Hoosiers: Untold Tales” is part of “Giving Voice: African-American’s Presence in Indiana’s History,” a collaborative initiative between Conner Prairie and Asante Children’s Theatre. The work of African-American playwrights will be performed first, followed by a facilitated dialogue with the audience about issues of race, history and identity. Partnering facilitators include Ernest Disney-Britton from the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Tamara Winfrey-Harris from the Central Indiana Community Foundation.
 
Monologues will be performed that portray Lillian Thomas Fox, a civic leader turned journalist for the Indianapolis Freeman and Indianapolis News; Dr. Martin Jenkins, who pioneered research into black children of superior intelligence in grades 3-8; and Willa Brown, who earned a master's degree in teaching then moved to Chicago and became the first African-American woman to earn a pilot's license in 1938 and a commercial license in 1939.
 
Show times are 7-9 p.m. Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 inside Lilly Theater on the second floor of our Welcome Center. The play is $6 for non-members and $5 for members.