Performances to celebrate lives, contributions of influential black Hoosiers

Staff Report
Black Hoosiers: Untold Tales” is a new collection of museum theater performances that celebrates the lives and contributions of African-American Hoosiers that will be performed from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 at Conner Prairie.

Each evening will include a performance of “Rhodes Family Incident,” a 30-minute play written by Crystal V. Rhodes and in collaboration with Asante Children’s Theatre, that tells the story of two contemporary college students who grew up in Westfield, Ind., and discover a historical racial incident that challenges their notions of identity and their hometown.

“Black Hoosiers: Untold Tales” will be performed Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 at Conner Prairie.

Solo performances will share the lives of Lillian Thomas Fox of Indianapolis, a journalist and civic leader; Dr. Martin Jenkins of Terre Haute, who pioneered research into black children of superior intelligence; and Willa Brown of Terre Haute, the first African-American woman to earn a pilot’s license and commercial flying license.

A dialogue with the audience about issues of race, history and identity, will follow, facilitated by Ernest Disney-Britton of the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Tamara Winfrey-Harris of the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

Tickets for “Black Hoosiers: Untold Tales,” a collaborative project between Conner Prairie and Asante Children’s Theatre and funded by the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation and Indiana Arts Commission, are $6 for the general public and $5 for museum members. Tickets may be purchased in advance online.

Performances will be in Lilly Theatre, located on the second floor of Conner Prairie’s Welcome Center, at 13400 Allisonville Road in Fishers, Ind.