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Road Trip to Civil War Museum: Black History Month

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Feb 1, 2018 4:33 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk, Thursday, February 1, 2018:

It's a Smart Talk Road Trip Thursday to the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg to mark the first day of Black History Month.

During the show, we'll be focusing on a new documentary film that will air next week on WITF-TV about African-American history, how the National Civil War Museum tells the stories of African-Americans and a threatre group that uses theatre to portray African-American history and culture.

The African-American Oral History Project: Part One traces history from the Civil War to today.  It highlights several significant black figures with ties to Central Pennsylvania.  They include former Congressman Robert Smalls and Ephraim Slaughter, who was prominent in Harrisburg after the Civil War.

The film's producer, writer and director, a historian and descendent of one of the men portrayed in the documentary will all appear on Smart Talk.

Also, not long ago, Civil War- themed museums focused almost entirely on the military aspects of the war.  Since its inception, the National Civil Museum in Harrisburg told the stories of the whole war, including the role of slavery as a cause for the war.

Wayne Motts-CEO, National Civil War Museum joins us the program to describe how the museum talks about slavery.

Telling the story of and establishing African-Americans as an important and vital part of the community through theatre is the goal of the Sankofa African-American Theatre in Harrisburg. 

Sharia Benn, Managing Director-Sankofa African American Theatre is with us as well.


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