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Underground Railroad

Saturday, June 17, 2023 — 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Join musical group Nzinga’s Daughters to learn about the Underground Railroad—and Berlin’s unique connection!

June 17, 2023

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Saturday, June 17, 2023
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
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Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
234 Kensington Road
Berlin, CT

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    Join musical group Nzinga’s Daughters for a narrative and musical presentation about the Underground Railroad—and Berlin’s unique connection!

    Experience the creativity, ingenuity, and perseverance employed by African-American slaves in their efforts to shepherd runaway slaves to safety. Because slaves were prohibited from learning to read or write, they developed an elaborate system of communication which included embedding coded messages into the verses of spiritual songs.

    Nzinga’s Daughters is an ensemble of women who share their gift of song and prose from the East Coast of the USA to the West Coast of Africa. Their performances includes a variety of African, Caribbean and African-American music, drumming, storytelling, and poetry.

    Sponsored by the B.E.A.T. (Berlin Equity Action Team).

     

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    Underground Railroad

    Saturday, June 17, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

    Join musical group Nzinga's Daughters to learn about the Underground Railroad—and Berlin's unique connection!

     



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