February 22, 2015
Doors at 3:00 pm
Show at 4:00 pm
ASL interpreters Linda Burgess-Duncan and Alyson Boote
STG Presents Fortune's Bones, The Manumission Requiem at The Paramount Theatre on Sunday, February 22, 2015.
STG is honored to present the Fortune's Bones: The Manumission Requiem, a musical oratorio, featuring over 100 local voices, 8 soloists, an African drum ensemble, and 40+-piece orchestra. The requiem is inspired by a book authored by Dr. Marilyn Nelson entitled Fortune's Bones: The Manumission Requiem, which has inspired a Seattle community-wide exploration of the story of Fortune, an enslaved African who served a doctor in post-Colonial Waterbury, Connecticut. After Fortune's death in 1798, he was dissected by the doctor. His bones were boiled, stripped and preserved, studied, and later, displayed as an anatomical specimen at a local museum. Fortune remained unburied and without memorialization until 2013. Dr. Nelson's book is an epic poem commemorating Fortune's life.
Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, formerly of Sweet Honey in the Rock, was commissioned by the Waterbury Symphony to write the cantata, which will be performed in Seattle.
The image above is of FORTUNE – as he may have looked in life. Relief sculpture by forensic artist Frank Bender based on Fortune's skull. Collection of the Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, Connecticut.
THE SEATTLE FORTUNE'S BONES PROJECT® COMMUNITY EVENTS
(Some event times have not yet been confirmed, locations subject to change. go to seattlefortunesbonesproject.org for additional information.)
January 29, 2015 ETHICS & HUMAN REMAINS - A DISCUSSION The Burke Museum has assembled a panel of experts to explore questions of ethics and consider what would happen if Fortune's Bones were found today. Panelists - Kathy Taylor, King County Forensic Anthropologist; Robert Kopperl, Principal Investigator, SWCA Environmental Consultants, and Guy Tasa, Physical Anthropologist for Washington State. Location: Burke Museum - Burke Room, 7 -8:30 pm Click here for more information.
February 1, 2015 THE UNSPOKEN TRUTHS an exhibit and presentation by the American History Traveling Museum (Delbert Richardson) hosted by The First AME Church, 1522 14th Avenue, 10 am -1 pm.
February 4, 2015 "Uplifted" - a program of selected readings of Black literature Sponsor: Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas and the Seattle Art Museum Location: Seattle Art Museum, downtown Seattle
February 10, 2015 FORTUNE'S WIFE - A one-woman performance presented at the Seattle Public Library Central Branch (all ages are welcome), 12 pm.
February 13, 2015 COMMUNITY SING - two hours singing with Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell at The First AME Church, 1522 14th Avenue, Seattle. All singers welcome. 6:30 - 8:30 pm.
February 16 & 19, 2015 One-woman performance by Eva Abrams/Rainwater Storytelling Commissioned by the Northwest African American Museum, this story is told from the perspective of Fortune's wife. Sponsor: Northwest African American Museum Location: Northwest African American Museum, 2300 South Massachusetts, Seattle
February 19, 2015 Screening of "Until the Well Runs Dry" A film by Dr. Shawn Utsey, Professor of Psychology and Chair of the African American Studies Department, Virginia Commonwealth University. Until the Well Runs Dry: Medicine and the Exploitation of Black Bodies, explores the practice of disinterring cadavers (grave robbing or bodysnatching) for purposes of medical dissection, and examines how this has contributed to African American mistrust of the medical establishment today. This nefarious practice was widespread in the 19th and early 20th centuries in the United States; and in Richmond, Virginia, the epicenter for the domestic trade in enslaved Africans during the 1800's, African Americans – both living and dead – were especially vulnerable. Viewing of film and post screening discussion via SKYPE with the producer/filmmaker, Prof. Shawn Utsey Sponsor: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute Location: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Avenue South, Seattle
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