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: CDC Reverses Course, Recommends People Wear Masks Indoors Where COVID Rates Are High
“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: Drivers Turn Highways Into Personal Parking Lots While Waiting To Pick Up Passengers From Tri-State Area Airports
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: Taxi Driver Scared To Return To Work After Almost Being Struck By Bullet While Driving On Queens Highway
The play, called “Unheard Voices,” gives formerly anonymous slaves individuality, personality, and above all, humanity.