Monday, August 12, 2019

Celebrate Litchfield's 300th birthday with a live performance Aug. 22

Celebrate the 300th birthday of Litchfield Connecticut at a live theatrical performance with Tammy Denease, "Colonial Lives Through the Eyes of Freedwoman with Clo Pratt on August 22 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. 

Although born into slavery, Clo Pratt is willed her freedom by her late mistress. As a free woman, she earns her living by making clothes with her loom and cleaning local homes.

Join educator and performing artist Tammy Denease on a trip to colonial Connecticut, where you will learn about some of the events that led to freedom for the Colonies through the eyes of freedwoman Clo Pratt. She will recount important events such as the 1781 meeting between General George Washington and General Rochambeau in Wethersfield, Connecticut, where the two generals met at the home of Joseph Webb to map out their strategy for the Battle of Yorktown. Other stories will touch upon the trials and tribulations of being an enslaved person.

In her series “”Hidden Women,” storyteller, playwright, actor and living historian Tammy Denease brings to life fascinating women who have been hidden in history prominent in the United States and beyond. From her research, Tammy has developed one-woman performances that teach life lessons. Among her favorites are Bessie Coleman, first internationally licensed pilot in the world, Elizabeth Keckly, former enslaved woman who worked as a dressmaker in Lincoln’s White House, and Margru, an Amistad captive.

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