Columbia State Presents The Slave Narratives

An Adaptation of Unchained Memories

(COLUMBIA, Tenn.
April 2, 2018) - - -  For the second consecutive year, Columbia State Community College presents The Slave Narratives: An Adaptation of Unchained Memories April 10 in the Ledbetter Auditorium and April 17 at the Franklin Theatre. On April 19 from 6 - 8 p.m., there will be a round table discussion about the narratives in the Community Room on the Williamson Campus. For both shows, doors open at 6 p.m. and the show will begin at 7 p.m. 

The Slave Narratives consists of iconic excerpts from literature that preserve the life and legacy of many unknown African-American slaves. Columbia State faculty, staff, students and retirees will bring the lives of these brave men and women to stage through live narration – they will highlight the perseverance of a race of people that were bound, dehumanized, abused and treated as property.

“The Slave Narratives initially started as just a classroom experience for my students in African American literature,” said Shelley Manns, Columbia State assistant director of learning support and associate professor of English. “I saw how powerful these stories were in voice, spirit and experience and how they emotionally impacted my students – I wanted other audiences to have the opportunity to revisit a time in history, although horrific at times, where our nation began to humanize a culture by giving them a voice to tell their own story. The narratives highlight the voices of formerly enslaved people telling their own experiences.”

The Ledbetter Auditorium is in the Clement Building on the Columbia Campus, located at 1665 Hampshire Pike.

 The Community room is in the Administration Building on the Williamson Campus, located at 1228 Liberty Pike, Franklin.

The Franklin Theatre is located at 419 Main St. in Franklin.

For more information about the show, contact Shelley Manns at smanns@ColumbiaState.edu or visit the Columbia State website at www.ColumbiaState.edu.    

LaTasha Stenson delivering narration at the 2017 narratives.
Photo Caption:
LaTasha Stenson, Columbia State assistant professor of English, speaking at the 2017 Slave Narratives.

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