Ilene Evans will bring Harriet Tubman to vivid life again on behalf of the West Virginia Humanities Council. A statement released by the WVHC said “the talented reenactor uses poetry, dance and body movement to bring Tubman's era alive to young people and old alike.”
The press release said Evans gives workshops in theater arts as well as doing historical portrayals of women who have made their mark in history such as Harriet Tubman, Memphis Tennessee Garrison and Coralie Franklin Cook.
Harriet Tubman was born Araminta Ross in 1822 in Maryland and, despite her dangerous adventures, lived well into her 90s, passing away on March 10, 1913 in New York.
Tubman was an heroic African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War.
After escaping from slavery, she undertook more than a dozen missions to rescue more than 70 slaves using the network of freedom fighters and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She also helped John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry, and after the Civil War, she continued to fight for freedom as a women's suffragette.
As a child, Tubman had been beaten and whipped as a slave, suffering a traumatic head wound when she was struck by a piece of iron thrown by an irate overseer. The wound caused seizures, headaches and powerful visions throughout her entire life. Tubman attributed these visions to God. In 1849, she escaped, eventually rescuing her own family.
Later, one group at a time, she brought relatives with her out of the state, and eventually guided dozens of other slaves to freedom. Tubman, whose code-name was "Moses" was praised for never losing a passenger on the Underground Railroad. When the United States Fugitive Slave Law was passed in 1850, she took escaped slaves into Canada, and helped them find work. When the Civil War broke out, Tubman worked for the Union Army, first as a cook and nurse, and then as a scout and spy. The first woman to lead an armed expedition in the war, she guided the raid on the Combahee River, which liberated more than seven hundred slaves. Later in life she became involved in the women's suffrage movement.
Tubman's life and times will be vividly recreated by Ilene Evans at the log cabin in the park on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The Rebellion in the Hills is free and open to the public and everybody is urged to attend.
Schedule of Events:
Saturday, Sept. 26:
—10 a.m. to 4 p.m., children’s activities.
—11 am. to noon, ladies tea program: Etiquette of Dance; Dance lesson — The Virginia Reel.
—2-3 p.m., reenactment battle and doctor demonstrations after the battle.
—4 p.m., dinner for the reenactors.
—5:30-6:30 p.m., Ilene Evans’ portrayal of Harriet Tubman at the log cabin.
—8-10:30 p.m., Civil War period dance featuring authentic 19th century music band.
Sunday Sept. 27:
—10 a.m., Civil War church services
—11 a.m. to 1 p.m., public displays at the campsites with reenactors
—1 p.m., reenactment battle skirmish with doctor demonstrations after the battle
—3 p.m., dinner for reenactors.
PRIDE in Logan Inc. will offer bus transportation through the park on both days.