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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Voices of a painful history to echo in Newton


Capping their celebration of Black History Month, this Sunday the Newton History Museum and the Newton Free Library will host the multimedia presentation "Voices: Those Who Wore The Shoe," a program that examines the reality of what it was like to be a slave.

The presentation, which originally premiered on National Public Radio, is based on based on slave oral histories. It was written and performed by Harlin C. Kearsley, who used interviews conducted through the Federal Writers Project with several thousand former slaves still living in the United States in the 1930s. A dramatic play based on the same material was performed in 2005 at Newton North and Newton South high schools.

The program will be held at 2 p.m. at the Newton Free Library and admission is free. Anyone seeking more information can visit "Voices" on the web or contact the Newton History Museum at 617-796-1450.

-- Ralph Ranalli

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