How The Scottsboro Boys Can Help Us Talk About the History of Racism

Tuesday, July 30 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm |

Playhouse on Park and the CHS are partnering to explore how theater can help us discuss racism in American history. This summer, Playhouse on Park is producing The Scottsboro Boys, a musical nominated in 2011 for 12 Tony awards, in which nine African-American men, wrongly convicted of rape in the 1930s, tell their story using minstrelsy, an historically racist form of entertainment. This coincides with the CHS’s run of Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, a travelling exhibition from the New-York Historical Society. On July 30, we invite the public to join us for a panel discussion to look at how the production helps us to explore the themes of racism and resistance explored in the exhibition.

This event is free and open to the public. Museum Galleries will be open before the program. Light refreshments will be served.

Please let us know you’re coming by emailing or calling 860-236-5621 ext. 238.

Questions? Contact Natalie Belanger, Adult Programs Manager, at

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