Women of Consequence: Ambitious, Ancillary, Anonymous
Saturday, March 10, 2018  3:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Women of ConsequenceIn honor of Harriet Tubman Day and Women’s History Month, DHS’ Mitchell Center invites the public to enjoy this unique performance piece. The Sharing our Legacy Dance Troupe, made up of students from the University of Delaware, conducted research at DHS that informs their portrayal of 19th century African American women.  The multimedia performance piece Women of Consequence, which includes speeches, songs, dances and poetry, depicts the state of Black America during the 19th century, as culled from the minutes of the Colored Conventions.

From 1830 until well after the Civil War, free and fugitive Blacks came together in state and national political "Colored Conventions." Before the war, they strategized about how to achieve educational, labor and legal justice at a moment when Black rights were constricting nationally and locally. And after the war, they continued to convene to discuss local, national and international possibilities, problems and challenges. Some of these meetings took place in Delaware, and Delaware also sent delegates to represent the concerns of its citizens; ongoing research into the records of these meetings, held in the DHS collections, has inspired a major digital project at the University of Delaware.

The delegates to these meetings included the most well-known, if mostly male, writers, organizers, church leaders, newspaper editors, and entrepreneurs in the canon of early African-American leadership—and many whose names and histories have long been forgotten.  

Hidden within the minutes of these meetings are also the names of African American women who were leaders, organizers, writers, educators and entrepreneurs in their own right, and this performance project illuminates their stories.  Audiences will meet women such as Frances Harper, Harriet Tubman, Harriet Jacobs, Harriet E. Wilson, Charlotte Forten and Wilmington native Mary Shadd Cary. 

Please note:
This program will take place at The Baby Grand
818 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

Fee. Click here for tickets.

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