BENEFITING: Jay Heritage Center
EVENT DATE: Nov 18, 2017
“Striving for Freedom” is an acclaim winning interactive theater program developed by the Jay Heritage Center for schools. This tableau performance fits well into any 5th through 8th grade Social Studies curriculum but can also be adapted for high school students, adults and community organizations. It examines the often ignored existence of slavery in the Northern States. Created specifically for our landmark site where enslaved families are known to have lived, worked and been freed, it tells the story of the reunion of two sisters Mary and Clarinda who were separated when young and owned by different members of the Jay family.
Thanks to a grant from Con Edison we are able to invite 10 schools (1500 students) for FREE each year. We'd like to expand that to 50 schools (7500 students total)! Can you help us?!
“The struggle to maintain a democratic society is one of our greatest challenges we face as a people. One important function of the Jay Heritage Center [is] to remind Americans of the struggles of the framers of the constitution and the courts and to connect those struggles with present day concerns about civil rights and civil liberties. The Center thus becomes a forum for creative problem solving and the exploration of difficult issues that effect each of our lives.” – Gretchen Sullivan Sorin