Dance program to commemorate women’s suffrage Feb. 22

Event to focus on life of Wilmington-born Mary Ann Shadd Cary
February 14, 2020

Continuing to honor the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, the Richard Allen Coalition Inc. will host a creative dance presentation by the University of Delaware Dance Theatre at 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, at Sussex Central Middle School, 301 West Market St., Georgetown.

The presentation, titled “Mary Ann Shadd Cary – Her Life and Legacy,” is presented by Sharing Our Legacy Dance Theatre and Artistic Director Lynnette Young Overby. Narrator is Michelle Peebles.

The arts and performance project brings attention to Mary Ann Shadd Cary, the first black woman newspaper editor in North America. She was born to a free family in Wilmington, and after editing the Provincial Freeman in the 1850s, she became the first black woman to enroll at Howard University’s new law school. Despite these accomplishments, she is relatively unknown in Delaware.

Shadd Cary was a fiery participant in the Colored Conventions movement, where she was one of the few women recognized by the hundreds of men whose names appear as official delegates.

Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for youth. 

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