SEASON 29 - 2022

In August of 1930, a mob numbering ten to fifteen thousand white people dragged two African American teens, from their jail cells in Marion Indiana and lynched them on the courthouse grounds. The word went out that their bodies were to remain hanging to “send a message.”

 

Pastor J. E. Johnson and three other African American men from nearby Muncie, at a time when almost thirty percent of white Protestant men belonged to the Indiana Ku Klux Klan, defiantly drove to Marion, retrieved those bodies, and took them to be properly prepared for burial. This act of unheralded bravery has faded from memory… until now.

 

This new drama takes us behind the photograph and exposes the true story of that fateful day in August 1930. It, too, is a day that lives in infamy. A day that singer Billie Holiday immortalized in her heart-wrenching recording "Strange Fruit."

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Produced by:

Nancy Cheryll Davis
Nancy Cheryll Davis
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Kristina Roth
Kristina Roth
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Veronica Thompson
Veronica Thompson
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RJ Wayne
RJ Wayne
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Mack Miles
Mack Miles
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Anthony Johnson
Anthony Johnson
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Raymond Mitchell
Raymond Mitchell
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Ron Kologie
Ron Kologie
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Jeremiah Benjamin
Jeremiah Benjamin
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William Warren
William Warren
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Skylar Silverlake
Skylar Silverlake
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Daphne Jones
Daphne Jones
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Wil Bowers
Wil Bowers
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Steve Guire Knight
Steve Guire Knight
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David Lawrence
David Lawrence
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Amani Atkinson
Amani Atkinson
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Charlotte Williams
Charlotte Williams
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Tamara Koltes
Tamara Koltes
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Veronica Thompson
Veronica Thompson
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Nancy Renee
Nancy Renee
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Teressa Taylor
Teressa Taylor
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Nancy Renee
Nancy Renee
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Teressa Taylor
Teressa Taylor
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Major Culbert
Major Culbert
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Aneisha Hughes
Aneisha Hughes
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Aron Cobb
Aron Cobb
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Towne Street Theatre's Reading Series presents:

Black Annie and The Pastor

Written & Directed by Tony Robinson

February 27th at 4 pm, PST

Narrated by:

The Ensemble

Graphic Design by Jaimyon Parker