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A Seat at the Table

The Baltimore School for the Arts and the National Park Service team up again this year to present three free short plays performed in Hampton’s Great Hall.
03.18.17   Event Time: 1 and 3 pm

What happens when an African chief is a guest of a former slave holding family? “A Seat at the Table” explores the passions of black and white Americans at the Hampton Estate for and against the Back to Africa movement of the early 20th century. Based on personal letters and memoirs of the Ridgely family, students created scenes from life in the mansion. Meet Margie Ridgely, the heiress who traded her life in society to start a school for girls in Liberia that still exists today. Hear the opinions of Nancy, Annie, Della, Thomas, and Brian, the African American staff whose own ambitions intertwined with the people they worked for.

Public performances will be held in the Great Hall at Hampton National Historic Site at 1pm and 3pm. Seating is limited. Free tickets will be available day of the show starting at 11:30 am at the Visitor Contact Station.


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