Performing History: Sally Hemings in the Artist’s Imagination

African American Heritage  •  History

Vinegar Hall at Common House

206 W. Market St Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
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In this panel, Victory Hall Opera presents African-American women artists and scholars, discussing what “Sally Hemings” means to them in their work and consciousness. How do the facts of history inform the artist’s creativity, and vice-versa? How can a figure about whom we know so little mean so much to so many, and why has her moment finally arrived?

Featuring playwright Sandra Seaton (“From the Diary of Sally Hemings”), multimedia artist Marisa Williamson (UVA Ruffin Distinguished Artist-in-Residence), soprano Alyson Cambridge (Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall), moderated by actor/director/writer Leslie M. Scott-Jones (Charlottesville Players Guild, Capital Fringe Festival); other panelist TBA.

Funded in part by a grant from Virginia Humanities.

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