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FALL 2017

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28 UOFLMAGAZINE.COM R esearch reveals some 200 years ago, enslaved African American women likely would have tended a distillery at Locust Grove, one of Louisville's largest, most signif- icant historical sites. To help bring that story to life, Locust Grove reached out to the University of Lou- isville Theatre Arts Department's African American Theatre Program. Sidney Edwards, a teaching assistant earn- ing her MFA in performance, was tapped to reenact the role of an enslaved distiller for visitors at the newly erected distillery site. Her job also is to help craft the character and storyline for the role she'll be playing. She appreciates the opportunity to repre- sent African Americans in such a context to help educate people, she said. Bringing history to life Sidney Edwards in character at Locust Grove. "No matter how hard a thing it is to do, it's still an important thing to do," Edwards said. "Children and people should know that slav- ery was a part of our American history. I like being a representative in that way." Edwards also played the lead role in the African American Theatre Program's pro- duction of "Baltimore," which was selected for the prestigious National Black Theatre Festi- val this summer. She earned her BFA in musical theatre from William Peace University in North Car- olina and chose to come to Uof L for graduate studies as Theatre Arts offers the only Grad- uate Certificate in African American Theatre in the country. "Both heritage and theatre are very import- ant to me," Edwards said. Student actress finds new role at Locust Grove

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