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Harriet Tubman Jumps off History Pages

2/6/2013, 12:41 p.m.

"Thank you for coming to Laurel Ridge and performing as Harriet Tubman. It was really cool that you performed for us," wrote another audience member. "It was like there were 20 actors and actresses instead of just one ... I never knew that Harriet was a spy and a nurse in the Union Army. I really liked how you were so dramatic."

To add further to her performance, she has a traveling photographic exhibit, Portals Through Time, which is displayed during the show. It offers the audience an opportunity to walk through some of the most interesting times in American history with a glimpse into Tubman's life. The exhibit is a combination of photographs and other artifacts.

"I've been to 38 states, and my husband is the photographer and he takes pictures of all the places we've been," she said, adding that the exhibit also brings history to life. It shares the experience, including real shackles she received from a museum, as well as a quilt made in 1895.

Each year, THEARC brings programs like this to the community to educate and inspire children and adults living east of the Anacostia River. This event was made possible in part by the support of the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C., and William C. Smith & Co.

Besides the two upcoming free shows at THEARC, Briley-Strand has a slate of performances throughout Black History Month and beyond.

"To do what you love and to get paid for it, I'm living in grace," Briley-Strand said.

THEARC Theater at 1901 Mississippi Ave., SE, will hold two showings of "Harriet Tubman: The Chosen One," on Feb. 14th, at 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, please visit http://www.thearcdc.org/events/harriet-tubman-chosen-one-0 or call 202-889-5901.