Silver Shoe Historical Society revives Spirit of Harriet Tubman

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Leslie McCurdy’s theatrical performance has honored the memory and work of Harriet Tubman for more than a decade, and it comes to Wasaga Beach for the first time

The Silver Shoe Historical Society is hosting a unique performance of The Spirit of Harriet Tubman, which is a tribute to Tubman’s legacy as an Underground Railroad hero and abolitionist.

The society celebrates its 25th anniversary this year as a not-for-profit organization and an affiliate of the Ontario Historical Society.

As a fundraising opportunity, the society organizes an evening of performances culminating in the play The Spirit of Harriet Tubman.

Leslie McCurdy of Windsor, ON plays Tubman in the performance. Her tribute to Tubman has performed on stages at the National Black Theater Festival in North Carolina, the DC Black Theater Festival Living Legacy Series, the Paul Robeson Art is a Weapon Solo Play Festival in England, and various performing arts centers .

The play features McCurdy as the only actor on stage with a costume chest and using Tubman’s words to tell the stories of his early experiences as a slave from his work on the Underground Railroad and his lifelong commitment to the others in his later years.

The evening will also feature Canadian musicians and recording artists such as Tiki Mercury-Clarke, Rob Green, Sheri Weldon and John MacMurchy, as well as the African Drum and Dance Ensemble The Adinkrafarm with Rudi Quammie Williams.

The Silver Shoe Historical Society fundraising event will take place September 24 from 7-9 p.m. at the Wasaga Beach RecPlex. Admission is $20. Tickets can be reserved by e-transfer to [email protected] or purchased at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. The seats are limited.

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