Should African Americans portray enslaved people at historic sites?Posted June 16th, 2011 by Thomas Norman DeWolf
After posting Colonial Williamsburg: History on Steroids a few days ago, I received more comments on Facebook than for anything I’ve written in several months.
In response to this statement, “it is often quite challenging to find people of color willing to act as interpreters for displays of enslaved people” one friend wrote:
Other Facebook friends responded:
Then someone suggested we check out the website Interpreting Slave Life by Nicole Moore. What an eye-opener! I quickly became Facebook friends with Nicole and she soon entered the conversation:
Interestingly, NPR ran a story the very next day, June 13 on this very subject: Actors, Interpreters Bring US Colonial Past Alive. The interview refers to a story from the Washington Post that ran June 9: The Complicated History of Colonial Williamsburg. I strongly encourage you to read both articles and spend some time on Nicole Moore’s website and get her take on What is Interpreting Slave Life?
Thank you to all my Facebook friends who participated in this lively conversation, and especially to Nicole Moore. It shows just how much we can learn from each other.
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