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‘Voice of the Fugitive’ performances begin May 29 at Actors Theatre

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By The Staff

The Oldham County History Center presents “Voice of the Fugitive,” beginning May 29 at Actors Theatre in Louisville. The center announces its 2009 Juneteenth Celebration with the production, based on the narratives of Kentucky slave, freed man, abolitionist and separatist, Henry Bibb.  Bibb escaped the bonds of slavery and became an abolitionist and leader of the Separatist movement. He established a Refugee Colony for slaves in Canada and became the first black editor of a Canadian newspaper. Performances are 7:30 p.m. May 29 and 30, and 2 p.m. May 31.  Friday’s performance will feature a wine and cheese reception with special demonstration by Hound Dog Press, 18th Century typesetter, Nick Baute. The audience may also meet playwright Carridder Jones, Director Laura Early and the play’s actors.  Playwright Carridder Jones will be signing copies of her new book, “A Backward Glance.” The the 2009 Elijah Marrs Award will also be presented at that time.  Following Sunday’s show, a panel discussion will take place on the subject of “Slavery, Kentucky and the Underground Railroad” featuring Henry Bibb project historian, Diane Coon; Antebellum and Civil War expert archaeologist, Jeannine Kreinbrink; and Kentucky historian and slavery expert, University of Louisville dean, Blaine Hudson.  Tickets are $8 and are available by calling Actors Theatre at 584-1205.  The performances are sponsored by the Oldham County History Center, The Owsley Brown Charitable Foundation Inc., the Kentucky Arts Council and the Abraham Lincoln Kentucky Bicentennial. For information call the Oldham County History Center at 222-0826 or visit oldhamcountyhistoricalsociety.org