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“Harriet Tubman” to appear at UIS

January 26, 2005

SPRINGFIELD - Kathryn Harris will portray slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman in a program set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 2, in the Studio Theatre at the University of Illinois at Springfield. This event, which is presented by Friends of Brookens Library, is free and open to the public.

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A reception with Harris will immediately follow the performance. The Studio Theatre is located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus.

Born a slave in 1820, Tubman eventually managed to win her own freedom and later became a conductor on the Underground Railroad. In 19 trips back into the South, helped more than 300 slaves – including her own parents -- escape to the North. She liked to say that in all of her journeys she “never lost a single passenger.” After the Civil War broke out, Tubman worked for the Union as a cook, a nurse, and even a spy. She died in 1913.

Harris is the division manager for library services at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and also serves on the board of directors of the Friends of Brookens Library.  She has been making first-person appearances as Tubman for more than eight years, and while she often performs for school groups, her program at UIS will be geared to an adult audience.

This presentation is the first in a series of events sponsored by Springfield libraries during February in observance of Black History month.  For more information, contact Jane Treadwell, university librarian and dean of library instructional services at UIS, at 206-6597.

 

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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