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More Light: Douglass Returns

Discover the violent and ultimately triumphant connection of Frederick Douglass to the Hoosier state during this powerful theater production.

Following a successful premiere in 2017, Asante Children’s Theatre and Conner Prairie will reprise More Light: Douglass Returns.

This full-length play by Celeste Williams was inspired by the historic return to Indiana by Frederick Douglass in 1880. He was cheered at a political rally in Noblesville after being nearly killed by a mob in Pendleton in 1843.

The play connects to the local history of the Roberts Settlement, the first mixed-race settlement in Hamilton County. This return of More Light also coincides with Frederick Douglass’ bicentennial celebration year.

The production of “More Light” also coincides with Frederick Douglass’s 200th birthday, and Conner Prairie will be part of two free events.

Tuesday, July 10 6-7:15 P.M.

Join us for a public event in Noblesville Square to pay tribute to Frederick Douglass’s triumphant return to Indiana in 1880 and the Roberts Settlement members who were involved.
The event will include a short scene from the play, More Light: Douglass Returns, an unveiling of a new piece of art commissioned by Hamilton County Leadership Academy to commemorate African-American history in Hamilton County, and a book giveaway to youth of Douglass’s autobiography reissued for his bicentennial and part of “One Million Abolitionists” project by the Frederick Douglass Family Initiative.

Location for this event will be on the west steps of the historic Hamilton County Courthouse.
Wednesday, July 18 6:30-8 P.M.

Conner Prairie presents Kenneth B. Morris, Jr., great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington.
Hear Kenneth discuss Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives’ project, “One Million Abolitionists”; see a short scene from More Light; and be part of a book give away of special Bicentennial editions of Frederick Douglass’s first autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave.

This event will be held in the Conner Prairie Welcome Center.

Download flyer here.


'More Light: Douglass Returns' is supported by the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation and is part of the Giving Voice Initiative.

Christel DeHaan Family Foundation

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