Voices of the Civil War, 150 Year Later

Unrest, Conflicts and WarSojourner Truth

Often times when we think of the Civil War we think of North versus South.  But the reality is, eastern Kansas and western Missouri played a vital role in the Civil War, a role a local theater director hopes to depict on the stage this weekend.

A woman, whose husband is sentenced to death for conspiracy, begs the court to spare his life.

Soldiers let a man and his child cross a checkpoint before killing those behind him.

A slave rejoices in her new found freedom.

These are all stories of real people who lived 150 years ago.  Their stories have been preserved through letters they wrote.

"I want to figure out the details of this character, like the little things that make them who they are," said Olivia Emery, 17, a junior at Lee's Summit North High School.  She researched her characters by watching movies.

Jennifer Womack Jones, a community member of the play, plays abolitionist Sojourner Truth.

"This one is of particular interest because there are stories out of this area that I was never aware of," said Womack Jones.  "We didn't learn this in history."

While the characters in "Forget Not These Days" are based on real people who lived 150 years ago, the play's director Ben Martin says the audience should be able to relate given the current political climate in the country.

"This part of the county had a lot of terrible things happen during the civil war and whenever we get in a situation where Americans who disagree with other Americans, we have to remember there is a way to deal with it," said Martin.

You can catch "Forget Not These Days" on Saturday, May 21 at Lee's Sumit North High School at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10 at the door.

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