Walk the Walk: Encounters w/ Rochester’s African American Ancestors

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The Landmark Society’s Walk the Walk: Encounters with Rochester’s African-American Ancestors, a long-running Black History Month event for city school students, has it all – and all are welcome to our free public performance at Memorial AME Zion Church in the historic Corn Hill neighborhood on February 10th at 7:00 PM. Music, laughter, joys, sorrows, challenges overcome and inspiration offered – everything you want in an enjoyable evening performance.

We’ll encounter several Ancestors from Rochester’s past during the performance. “Captain Sunfish,” a late 18th century frontiersman and formerly enslaved person will lead us in calling them forth. Sunfish is vividly portrayed by Shawn Dunwoody – those who have experienced his performances know that he will set the tone for a dynamic evening!

The Ancestors include the very famous – Frederick Douglass – as well as those not as well known, such as Bessie Hamm or Anna Murray Douglass. You’ll leave this performance with a better understanding of what people from our past have accomplished – and be inspired by what people of today can achieve.

The performance will be preceded by a special musical performance – and the main event will be enhanced with talented musicians supporting the actors.

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We’re proud to partner with Memorial AME Zion Church as the performance site. 2017 is their 190th Anniversary Year, and we will be part of the kickoff of the year-long celebration for this historic congregation.

Following the performance enjoy the chance to chat with the actors and musicians while enjoying a delicious cookie reception sponsored by The Links, Rochester NY Chapter.

ALL ARE WELCOME – please come out and support these amazing actors!

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