“Tate’s play is full of good humor and laugh-out-loud funny moments. Tate has a lot of things to say and she does not want to lose your attention…” – Syracuse New Times
The American Slavery Project was created in 2011 as a theatrical response to revisionism in American discourse around slavery, the Civil War and Jim Crow. The American Slave Project’s vision is to honor the love, laughter, day-to-day struggles, the humanity and endurance of those who lived their ordinary lives in what we look back on as extraordinary times. The American Slavery Project’s mission is to showcase African American writers writing about the era, to create conversation in the community and present educational workshops in schools and the community. Since 2011, they have presented several staged readings of original plays dealing with the era. Their projects and works include High School Lab and Unheard Voices, a collectively written monologue play with music, bringing to life the anonymous African-descended men, women and children, enslaved, indentured and free who peopled the city in the 17th and 18th Centuries and whose bodies are buried in the African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan. Unheard Voices is used as a model for students in several schools in NYC to create their own original theatrical work based on individual burials at the African Burial Ground.
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