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Cleveland Public Theatre’s Station Hope pays homage to ancestors that escaped slavery

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Saturday, May 28th, 2022; Cleveland Public Theatre’s Station Hope 2022; on grounds of St. John’s Episcopal Church, an authenticated stop on the Underground Railroad, at 2600 Church Avenue: In the opening ceremony in a piece titled The Clotilda’s Hour: A Resurrection, a storyteller, AdeOlomo Yvetta, gives a tribute to the ancestors arriving in the United States on the last known slave ship in 1859.
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Saturday, May 28th, 2022; Cleveland Public Theatre’s Station Hope 2022; on grounds of St. John’s Episcopal Church, an authenticated stop on the Underground Railroad, at 2600 Church Avenue: This student from Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy was one of the singers in a group from the school performing at Station Hope. (See related photo on page 7)

PHOTO BY CHUCK HOVEN
Saturday, May 28th, 2022; Cleveland Public Theatre’s Station Hope 2022; on grounds of St. John’s Episcopal Church, an authenticated stop on the Underground Railroad, at 2600 Church Avenue: As part of a ceremonial ritual in the opening ceremony titled The Clotilda’s Hour: A Resurrection, (L-R) Venetia Whatley and Sharonda Whatley, members of the Mojuba Dance Collective, hold up pieces of pottery.

PHOTO BY CHUCK HOVEN
Saturday, May 28th, 2022; Cleveland Public Theatre’s Station Hope 2022; on grounds of St. John’s Episcopal Church, an authenticated stop on the Underground Railroad, at 2600 Church Avenue: The Born to Dance330 TK Mini’s, a dance group from Akron, Ohio, entertains the crowd.

PHOTO BY CHUCK HOVEN
Saturday, May 28th, 2022; Cleveland Public Theatre’s Station Hope 2022; on grounds of St. John’s Episcopal Church, an authenticated stop on the Underground Railroad, at 2600 Church Avenue: Darnell Weaver, a member of the Mojuba Dance Collective,  plays the viola during the performance of The Clotilda’s Hour: A Resurrection!
PHOTO BY CHUCK HOVEN
Saturday, May 28th, 2022; Cleveland Public Theatre’s Station Hope 2022; on grounds of St. John’s Episcopal Church, an authenticated stop on the Underground Railroad, at 2600 Church Avenue, Opening Ceremony: The Clotilda’s Hour: A Resurrection!: AdeOlomo/Sister Yvetta gives a tribute to the ancestors who arrived to the United States on the last slave ship in 1859, while dancers Samara Steele, Lafonshey Jones, Chelsey Harris, Serene Hameed, Chris Sims and Marisa Hugley sit on the steps of St. John Episcopal Church and listen to the story. 

PHOTO BY CHUCK HOVEN
Saturday, May 28th, 2022; Cleveland Public Theatre’s Station Hope 2022; on grounds of St. John’s Episcopal Church, an authenticated stop on the Underground Railroad, at 2600 Church Avenue: Three members of the Ohio City Theatre Project interact with the crowd. The group staged a popup performance titled Central Concern, written and directed by Pandora Robertson. (A satirical look at the history of the American real estate profession and how it championed property values at the expense of civil rights.)

PHOTO BY CHUCK HOVEN
Saturday, May 28th, 2022; Cleveland Public Theatre’s Station Hope 2022; on grounds of St. John’s Episcopal Church, an authenticated stop on the Underground Railroad, at 2600 Church Avenue: Students from the Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy sing a song called “One” about “how we work together as one through life’s struggles – and together we are stronger!” The song was written and directed by Sheela Das. Teacher representatives: Ms. Walter, Ms. McComb and Ms. Finch. Performed by: John McGrail, Angelique Anucrite, Christina Baraka, Neema Kingage, Bibisha Kashindi, Chanceline Uwiduhaye, Enock Tulinayo, and Sheela Das.

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