NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A play inspired by the African burial ground in Lower Manhattan imagines the lives of slaves and free people interred there.
Dramatist Judy Tate conceived the “American Slave Project” so black writers could tell the story.READ MORE: Hochul Urges New Yorkers To Get Vaccinated As Omicron Variant Detected Over Border In Ontario
“We studied the burials at the African ground, we looked at the contents of the graves, talked to scholars,” Tate told WCBS 880’s Jane Tillman Irving.READ MORE: Omicron Variant: 1st North American Case Detected In Ontario
Scholars determined age, gender, state of health, even the type of work the Africans did. Tate and other dramatists then used their imaginations.
“And we gave voice to these anonymous, African-descended New Yorkers from colonial times,” Tate explained.MORE NEWS: Ghislaine Maxwell Trial Set To Start Monday In Manhattan
The play, called “Unheard Voices,” gives formerly anonymous slaves individuality, personality, and above all, humanity.