Living History Artist
Gwendolyn is dedicated to studying the character, philosophy, courage and grace that have helped black American women survive and flourish.
Venues in New England outside Connecticut can now apply for funding for Qwendolyn’s presentations through the
of the New England Foundation for the Arts.
If I Am Not for Myself Who Will Be for Me During the fall of 1796, George Washington’s final months in office, Oney Judge Staines, a slave, escaped the Executive Mansion in Philadelphia. There is always an underside -
At the time of George Washington’s death, the Mount Vernon estate’s enslaved population consisted of 317 people – in 1799
Habit of Survival What was it like to be an enslaved person? Ruth provides an unflinching portrait of her kidnaping, horrors of the Middle Passage and escapes. Ruth’s story is a composite gleaned from slave narratives, Captains log books, doctors’ aboard slave ships and slave owners. This thirty to forty-
Targeted audience 5th too adult.
Note: Ruth is a composite character modeled on historical and biographical figures.
I Can’t Die but Once Harriet Tubman a woman of unique qualities and abilities even though she was illiterate, maintained an unblemished record of vigilance, legacy of sacrifice and struggle. Harriet Tubman weaves a tale of truth, pain; courage and determination that take the audience into her life -
1807 – The DeWolf family ships an estimated 2,000 Africans to Charleston, South Carolina, in just seven months.
Looking Things Over Zora Neale Hurston considered one of the pre-
The nucleus of the movement included Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Rudolf Fisher, Wallace Thurman, Jessie Redmon Fauset, Nella Larsen, Arna Bontemps, Countee Cullen, and Zora Neale Hurston.
1891 – Zora Neale Hurston born.
1903 – Maggie Lena Walker of Richmond Virginia became the first African American woman in America to own and operate a bank.