BATON ROUGE—The Friends of Magnolia Mound Plantation in association with BREC will present the 5th annual Black History Month event, a dramatic presentation of the play Sojourner Truth Is My Name, by Pat Sternberg and Dolly Beechman. The play will be directed by local playwright/actor Oneal Isaac. The performance will be at 1:00 PM at the Slave Cabin on the grounds of Magnolia Mound on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 1:00 PM.
Sojourner Truth, born Isabella Baumfree about 1797, was an ex-slave, fiery abolitionist and spell-binding preacher and singer. She became a national symbol for strong black women. A complex woman, she transformed herself from a slave to an itinerant preacher and feminist, whose words of empowerment have inspired people all over the world. This annual event seeks to provide historical programming each year that demonstrates and interprets a view into the other side of plantation life. The event is free and open to the public.
Oneal Isaac is an award-winning actor, storyteller and playwright. He has been the recipient of an Artist Fellowship in Theatre from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. He was also Arts Ambassador for the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and was honored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities with a Special Humanities Award. He has worked in motion pictures, professional and community theater, improvisational comedy and public radio. He worked extensively as the Assistant Director with PRIME TIME Family Reading Time, the LEH Family Literacy Program, now used throughout the U.S. Oneal is currently working with the Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless as a Case Manager helping survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The Friends of Magnolia Mound Plantation is a member organization of the Community Fund for the Arts. Magnolia Mound Plantation is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and accredited by the American Association of Museums. This programming is partially funded by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.
For more information, please call Jenny Poulter, Education Curator, 225-343-4955 or visitfriendsofmagnoliamound.org.