Collection of performances ‘Black Hoosiers: Untold Tales’ to showcase lives, contributions of influential African Americans in Indiana history


    Duane Brodt
    Director of Public Relations
    Conner Prairie
    (800) 966-1836

    FISHERS, Ind. (Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018/Conner Prairie) – A new collection of museum theater performances that celebrates the lives and contributions of African-American Hoosiers will be performed each Saturday in February at Conner Prairie.
    “Black Hoosiers: Untold Tales” will be performed from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 at Lilly Theatre, located inside the museum’s Welcome Center at 13400 Allisonville Road in Fishers.
    The evening will include a performance of “Rhodes Family Incident,” a 30-minute play written by Crystal V. Rhodes and in collaboration with Asante Children’s Theatre, that tells the story of two contemporary college students who grew up in Westfield, Ind., and discover a historical racial incident that challenges their notions of identity and their hometown.
    Solo performances will share the lives of Lillian Thomas Fox of Indianapolis, a journalist and civic leader; Dr. Martin Jenkins of Terre Haute, who pioneered research into black children of superior intelligence; and Willa Brown of Terre Haute, the first African-American woman to earn a pilot's license and commercial flying license.
    A dialogue with the audience about issues of race, history and identity, will follow, facilitated by Ernest Disney-Britton of the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Tamara Winfrey-Harris of the Central Indiana Community Foundation.
    Tickets for “Black Hoosiers: Untold Tales,” a collaborative project between Conner Prairie and Asante Children’s Theatre and funded by the Christel DeHaan Family foundation and Indiana Arts Commission, are $6 for the general public and $5 for museum members. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at connerprairie.org.
    Asante Children’s Theatre is a youth development organization in Indianapolis committed to enriching the lives of young people so they become empowered citizens of the world. Created in 1990, the organization provides creative arts training, transformative performances, effective leadership development and inspiring opportunities to youth to unlock their potential and connect with a global community of artists and arts professionals.
    Spanning more than 1,000 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes nearly 400,000 visitors of all ages annually. As Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.

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    Conner Prairie’s mission is to inspire curiosity and foster learning about Indiana by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences. Created by Eli Lilly in 1934, Conner Prairie combines history with science, technology, engineering and math and encourages visitors to explore Indiana’s natural and cultural heritage through hands-on, immersive and interactive experiences. Inspiring visitors of all ages to discover more about the events, discoveries and forces that shaped the American Midwest, Conner Prairie offers various historically themed, indoor and outdoor experience areas throughout its nearly 1,000 acres of wooded property in Fishers, Ind. Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute Affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Conner Prairie is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that relies on grants and philanthropic donations from corporations and individuals for sustainability and growth. Visit connerprairie.org or call (800) 966-1836 for admission dates, hours, ticket prices and opportunities to donate and volunteer. Conner Prairie is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Flickr and YouTube.