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margaret garner:

the mystery behind the murder

date. 3.13.2021

time. @ 3PM - 4PM

where. Virtual

Learn the real story of a Northern Kentucky runaway slave that served as a premise for a novel, a motion picture, and a national opera. Presented by K.A. Simpson funded by SparkLight Creative Group and ArtsWave's Truth & Reconciliation Grant. 

Mystery Behind th Murder

bro'kin river

Bro'Kin River

date. may 2021

whereAronoff Theatre, CINCINNATI, OH / Virtual 

Bro'Kin RIVER, an original 60-min stage play, written by K.A. Simpson based on the true story of Margaret Garner, a Northern Kentucky slave who escaped from her plantation. Upon recapture, she took the life of her child instead of seeing her forced back into slavery. Opening in Garner's 1856 Cincinnati trial, Garner is transcended to present day, entering on the day after the murder of George Floyd. As Garner comes to terms with her sudden travel through time to the precipice of the Black Lives Matter Movement, her character opens our eyes to the racism of the past, and how modern day implicit bias practices are not too far removed.  

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