Dr. Kim Harris - Opera, Friends of Freedom
Now available for production by Opera Companies.
Dr. Kim Harris is proud to announce a one-act opera to be presented to student and family audiences:
FRIENDS OF FREEDOM:
Available for perusal:
After her own escape, Underground Railroad icon Harriet Tubman (1821-1913) began leading others to freedom in 1850. It was also in this year that the Fugitive Slave Law, passed by Congress, required that any escaped slave must be returned to their master. Made bold by the new powers granted them by this law, more slave catchers than ever came into free states looking for runaways. During the 1850's, Underground Railroad activity also increased, including many successful and unsuccessful rescue attempts of fugitive slaves, captured in the North and jailed before being sent back to slavery. The Underground Railroad was neither beneath the earth, though occasionally an existing tunnel was used, nor a train with tracks and steam. The Underground Railroad was people; free, fugitive and enslaved, African Americans, along with persons of different races, religions and backgrounds, united to work for freedom. Schools, churches and other halls were used for anti-slavery meetings. Free men and women, former slaves and their allies, worked against slavery by making speeches, writing books and pamphlets and collecting clothes and money for use by those who ran from slavery. Their efforts also included daring escapes, clandestine hiding places for runaways and secret codes in songs, letters and quilts. Abolitionists work for freedom was, many times, met with great resistance and anger. Famed former slave and abolitionist speaker Frederick Douglass was beaten several times for making speeches against slavery in Northern states. No matter the dangers, however, courageous Friends of Freedom continued to work together, until slavery was finally abolished in the United States.
Scene One: Abolitionists Meeting Hall
Scene Two: Hannaha's Parents Home and Yard