Students put on play at Museum of History

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RALEIGH— Not just words on a page or photos in a book, enslaved entrepreneurs come to life through the 21st century students of the Sallie B. Howard School in Wilson. They will bring a production of “Making a Way Out of No Way: Enslaved Entrepreneurs of the 1800s” to the N.C. Museum of History Saturday, May 20, 1 p.m.

The play focuses on Lunsford Lane of Raleigh, who became rich selling flavored tobacco to legislators and other prominent men; Elizabeth Keckley of Hillsborough, seamstress, modiste, and personal confidante to Mary Todd Lincoln; and Molly Horniblow of Edenton, successful baker and grandmother to Harriet Jacobs.

It is the inspirational tale of people who overcame incredible odds to find success in a hostile environment. Written by Laurel Sneed in collaboration with Diana Torres and Sallie B. Howard students, the production brings little-known figures to life and offers a more representative picture of the agency assumed by the enslaved.

For additional information or to reserve seats for a group, please call 919-395-0493. The Museum of History is located at 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. The production is sponsored by Tryon Palace, the N.C. Museum of History and Alexander YMCA in Raleigh. Tryon Palace and the N.C. Museum of History are within the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.