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One-Woman Performance: "Ms. Sarah's Wedding Dress"

One-Woman Performance: "Ms. Sarah's Wedding Dress" Online

Author and Storyteller, Ayo Handy-Kendi, brings us a story-performance of an enslaved women’s determination to marry before her community and supported by her white slave master. Ms. Handy-Kendi created this story as the imagined backdrop of a treasured homespun wedding dress made by the mistress of Sarah Tate, an enslaved person born in 1824. Through the lens of enslaved persons of that time, this story touches on issues that threatened their relationships. While Sarah's mistress watches the friendship between two enslaved persons grow into love, she suggests they marry, defying the anti-bellum South's anti-marriage laws. These decisions placed all concerned in great danger but the rewards, for them, far outweighed the danger.


This event is not being hosted by the SJR State Library. We are sharing news of this free event because it is related to the curriculum offered at the College and, therefore, may be of interest to our students, faculty, and staff.  

Thursday, February 25, 2021
2:30pm - 3:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
  All SJR State Students     Community Members     SJR State Employees  
  African American Heritage     Free event provided by an external agency  
This is an online event. Event URL: https://www.si.edu/events/online?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D150427696