MEET FREDERICK DOUGLASS AND OTHER ROCHESTER AFRICAN-AMERICAN ANCESTORS IN THE LANDMARK SOCIETY’S FREE ONLINE EVENT AVAILABLE NOW
Learn the stories of Frederick Douglass and other African-Americans from Rochester’s past when you view the Landmark Society’s Walk the Walk: Encounters with Rochester’s African-American Ancestors. Experience the music, laughter, joys, sorrows, challenges overcome and inspiration offered – an educational and emotional free online performance at landmarksociety.org.
“We’re excited to announce that this year we have produced a film version that will be available on our website and free to all,” said Cindy Boyer, The Landmark Society Director of Public Programs. “This is not just a recording of the stage performance, but a full-length dramatic film.” The Landmark Society partnered with Genesee Country Village and Museum to film in their historic settings, as the actors bring to life the stories of Rochester’s Ancestors.
The program may be used by virtual classrooms, in-person classes, home schooling, or simply at home enjoyment. Pre and post visit materials are available to educators or anyone who requests them. For questions or to request support material, contact Cindy Boyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The film includes the amazing stories of impressive individuals such as Austin Steward, Bessie Hamm, and others from Rochester’s past,” Captain Sunfish, a late 18th century frontiersman, vividly portrayed by Shawn Dunwoody, integrative artist, designer, and a member of The Landmark Society Board of Directors, is a key figure in the film.
Started in 1996, Walk the Walk has become one of Rochester’s premier Black History Month events, bringing to life some of Rochester’s richest characters in an entertaining, engaging and educational theatrical production. “Although the performance cannot be offered live this year due to the pandemic,” said Boyer “It is a must-see for anyone who appreciates history, theatre and the ribbons of experience that tie all humans together and we are thrilled we could bring it to a bigger audience on film.”
About The Landmark Society: The Landmark Society of Western New York, Inc. is one of the oldest and most active preservation organizations in America, serving nine Western New York counties. Formed in 1937, The Landmark Society continues to protect the unique architectural heritage of our region and promote preservation and planning principles that foster healthy and sustainable communities. For additional information about The Landmark Society, visit www.landmarksociety.org. The Landmark Society is supported in part by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.