Free with Museum Admission
Recommended for ages 9 and up
Although this event is free with Museum Admission, arriving early and reserving tickets online in advance is strongly recommended.
The American Slavery Project commissioned 17 writers to examine 419 graves of the anonymous men, women, and children slaves, indentured servants, and free people who lived during the colonial era and are buried in the African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan. Their names and daily lives have been imagined from the contents of each grave. Unheard Voices, a monologue play with music, brings to life a moment in time that might have been and gives voice to those African descended individuals who lived, loved, laughed, and endured on the streets of 17th- and 18th-century New York.
The American Slavery Project is a theatrical response to increasing revisionism in our nation's discourse about slavery, the Civil War, and Jim Crow. ASP supports African-American playwrights who write about the era, creates conversation in the community, and provides educational workshops for students and adults. Unheard Voices is American Slavery Project’s first original piece, a collectively written theatrical performance created for the African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan.