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Fire Bell in the Night
October 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm$25.00
Experience an evening with Thomas Jefferson at his Poplar Forest plantation in the aftermath of the Missouri Compromise of 1820. Encounter the fears and hopes of the enslaved men and women, and the man who owned them, Thomas Jefferson himself, in a series of vignettes performed in and around Jefferson’s villa.
Hear Jefferson’s anxiety regarding the Missouri Compromise, which he said was ‘the death knell of the Union.’ Engage with Burwell Colbert, Jefferson’s enslaved butler, and other enslaved workers on the property as they ruminate on their concerns about this political compromise that ensured their continued enslavement at the same time it secured other’s freedom. Observe how Jefferson and the enslaved individuals at Poplar Forest wrestled with the idea and the institution of slavery in this dynamic program performed by a stellar cast of interpreters and actors, including, courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg, Bill Barker as Thomas Jefferson.
Tours will begin at 6 p.m. and run every 30 minutes through 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and will be available online. Sponsored in part by the American Evolution Grants, The News & Advance and Progress Printing Plus.