Storyteller Libby Franck will portray Edna Dean Proctor as an abolitionist and journalist who published Aunt Sally Williams' slave narrative just 5 years after Uncle Tom's Cabin was released. A well-known Civil War poet, Proctor was born in Henniker in 1829.
After being enslaved on a North Carolina rice plantation, Sally Williams was sold to a more lenient master and able to work as an independent entrepreneur. But the jealousy of her neighbors, both black and white, forced her back into the cruelties of slavery in Alabama. How Sally's son bought her freedom through a network of literate slaves, and her delivery to Brooklyn, New York is as compelling today as it was in antebellum days.
Songs of the period will be sung by Adrienne Williams.
Don't miss the opportunity to see this inspiring performance sponsored by the Henniker Historical Society.