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The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with a free historical performance each Tuesday at noon.

Living history performances will be presented each Tuesday at noon throughout February in the Atrium of the Ohio Statehouse. Visitors will meet first-person interpreters who portray prominent African Americans in U.S. history. Each 45-minute vignette will focus on African-American history as part of Black History Month at the Ohio Statehouse. There will be a short question and answer session following each performance.

The programs are presented by “We’ve Known Rivers,” which is a partnership of dynamic storytellers with a passion for history and education. The programs are free and open to the public. Click here for more information about We’ve Known Rivers. If you or your organization would like to schedule a group to attend a performance, please contact Katie Montgomery at 614-728-3726 or kmontgomery@ohiostatehouse.org.

Scheduled living history performances include:

  • February 4- “John Randolph’s Freed People: You Can Hear Me Now” by Paisha Thomas
    Music and stories are on the path to freedom for these families.
  • February 11- “The Henry Box Brown Show” by Rory Rennick
    The enslaved Henry Brown mailed himself to freedom, and became a magician.
  • February 18- “Of Memory and History: An Affrilachian Storyteller Speaks” by Lynette Ford
    Humor and heart are in stories rooted in her family’s storytelling traditions.
  • February 25- “Courage in the Skies: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen” by Anthony Gibbs
    The first African-American military pilots served in World War II, and were later stationed near Columbus.

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