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The Spirit of Harriet Tubman play coming to Heritage Hall

Leslie McCurdy invokes the 'spirit' of Harriet Tubman as she portrays the life of the famous Underground Railroad conductor
A life-size photo of Harriet Tubman, 'conductor' of the Underground Railroad, greets visitors to the Tubman museum in Auburn, New York.

The Guelph Black Heritage Society continues its #ChangeStartsNow Anti-Racism Education initiative with the annual Juneteenth Celebration on June 18, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.  The GBHS will present Leslie McCurdy’s “The Spirit of Harriet Tubman” at the Heritage Hall, 83 Essex Street, Guelph.   

There are many plays about Harriet Tubman, but none share her entire life story like a visit with The Spirit of Harriet Tubman. Leslie McCurdy invokes the 'spirit' of Harriet Tubman as she portrays the life of the famous Underground Railroad conductor, recreating stories familiar and some rarely told, using words said to have been Harriet Tubman¹s own. Through it all we learn of the faith and conviction that drove Harriet Tubman to follow her dreams; the spirit of the past connecting with the present, inspiring her charges to have the courage to do the same in envisioning their future.

Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets $20 each.  To purchase tickets:

Leslie McCurdy was the recipient of the 2014 and 2000 Mayor’s Awards for "Artist of the Year" and "Outstanding Performing Artist” of Windsor Ontario and has forged her career entertaining audiences internationally. Leslie obtained an honours B.F.A. in dance with teaching certification from the University of Michigan, then served as choreographer and teaching assistant to Judith Jamison of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre for several of her Detroit residencies. Leslie is also a successful playwright, having written four one-woman plays, three of which she performs by herself.

The #ChangeStartsNow Education Initiative is an anti-racism project and is aimed at preventing and responding to racism in Guelph and Wellington County. This has been achieved by developing community resources and capacity to educate the community about racism, local Black history, and methods that members of the public can enact themselves to prevent racism and hate crime.

Proceeds from the Juneteenth Celebration will support the #ChangeStartsNow Education Initiative. The Guelph Black Heritage Society (GBHS) is a registered charity. Registration # 80158 3907 RR0001. Tax receipts will be issued for donations $25 or greater.