San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
"Today there are more African-Americans under correctional control — in prison or jail, on probation or parole — than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began."
— Michelle Alexander, civil rights litigator, legal scholar, and author of
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.
Freedom Rising: From Emancipation to Incarceration is a musical and dramatic exploration into the prison system of the United States. Castle of Our Skins, an innovative chamber ensemble, will use narration, poetry, and music to examine incarceration systems, from the Jim Crow era of the 1800s and 1900s to the America of today. The program will showcase inspiring and emotionally packed music with song arrangements, improvisations, and original works by Jeffrey Mumford, Frederick Rzewski, Ed Bland, Yusef Lateef, Reneé C. Baker, and Anthony Green. Narrators will weave in facts, personal accounts, and quotations concerning incarceration systems that fill the pages of American history. The spoken words support the artistic beauty that lies within the souls of prisoners, as revealed through their own poetry. Although dark fates and overwhelming circumstances are prevelant in the words, Freedom Rising also reveals reasons for hope: needed reform is coming, perhaps slowly, but surely.
THE SCHEDULE | African Meeting House at MAAH
6pm: Reception and Self-guided Education Stations
7pm: Music and Spoken Word Performance
CASTLE OF OUR SKINS
Born out of the desire to foster cultural curiosity, Castle of our Skins celebrates Black artistry through music. From classrooms to concert halls, Castle of our Skins invites exploration into Black heritage and culture, spotlighting both unsung and celebrated figures of past and present.
THE PERFORMERS | Castle of Our Skins and the COOS Collective
Lizzie Burns, double bass
Seychelle Dunn-Corbin, saxophone
Ashleigh Gordon, viola
Anthony Green, curator
Nina LaNegra, narrator
Shaw Pong Liu, violin
Ulysses Thomas, narrator
*$5 UNDERGROUND PARKING NEAR MAAH | Charles River Garage | 207 Cambridge Street, Beacon Hill
DO NOT ENTER upper lot by Whole Foods / open air parking is full rate
DO ENTER LOWER LEVEL / covered parking is discounted rate with validation after 4pm
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When & Where
Museum of African American History
The Museum of African American HIstory is New England’s largest cultural institution dedicated to preserving, conserving, and accurately interpreting the contributions of people of African descent, and those with whom they found common cause in the struggle for liberty, dignity, and justice for all. Founded in 1967, the Museum’s Boston and Nantucket campuses feature four of the nation’s preeminent historic sites — three are National Historic Landmarks — and two Black Heritage Trails®. The country’s first African Meeting House (1806) and Abiel Smith School (1835), the first public school for black children, stand majestically on Beacon Hill. On Nantucket, the African Meeting House (1820s) and Absalom Boston-Florence Higginbotham House (1774) represent the most vivid reminders of a thriving black maritime community. Lectures, concerts, education programs, and exhibits showcase powerful stories of black and white abolitionists, including Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, and Maria Stewart.