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Unitarian Church to Hose Chautauqua Style Program Portraying Harriet Tubman
Posted on: 09/26/2013
By  Andy Rex
Sunday, October 6, at 2:00 PM, Marietta’s Unitarian Universalist Church will host a unique, historical presentation titled “General Moses: Underground Railroad 1855.”
Rev. Kathryn Hawbaker tells WMOA News…
“We’ve invited a living history artist, Ilene Evans from ‘Voices from the Earth’ to portray Harriet Tubman and tell us about the Underground Railroad.  It’s in a Chautauqua style, so the monologue of Mrs. Harriet Tubman, then staying in character; she answers questions as Harriet Tubman.  Then she also comes back as herself, Ilene Evans, to answer questions as a scholar and a story teller.
“Ilene Evans has such a reputation, and many people who have heard her presentations really speak so highly about it.  We wanted to share it with as many people as possible, and it’s certainly appropriate for all ages.  We really wanted to offer it to the public.  We have been, as a congregation, examining some of our local history – from the Mound Builders to the (Ohio) River Museum and some of these other local aspects.  But, this seemed that we should offer this to the widest audience possible.”
Thus, she says, the program is free and open to the entire community.
Rev. Hawbaker says that, while the program is historical in nature, many issues of that era still exist in some fashion today…
“We feel it’s helpful, not only to honor some of the history of this area. This is not only a presentation of living history, it reminds us that many of these issues are still alive today – concerning social inequality and the struggle to find freedom for everyone.”
The Unitarian Universalist Church is located downtown, at the corner of Third and Putnam streets.  For more information about the upcoming program, call the church at (740) 373-1238.
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