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Making a Way Out of No Way: Enslaved Entrepreneurs in North Carolina in the 1800s

Saturday, May 20, 1 p.m.

Photo Credit: The Wilson Times

This production is an original play by Laurel Sneed in collaboration with Diana Torres and Sallie B Howard students.

Come and be inspired by amazing Black History you probably never read about in history books! Making a Way Out of No Way centers on the lives of three persons in North Carolina history, all of whom were slaves when they accomplished remarkable achievements despite their situations. 

  • Lunsford Lane (1803-1879) was from Raleigh and became rich selling flavored tobacco to legislators and other prominent men. 
  • Elizabeth Keckley (1818-1907) from Hillsboro, was a personal seamstress and confidant to Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of President Abraham Lincoln, and became very successful.
  • Molly Horniblow (1778-1853) was from Edenton and was an excellent baker.

This performance is sponsored by Tryon Palace, Museum of History and the Alexander YMCA to provide cultural enrichment for the audience.