LANDMARK CENTER

Not in Our Neighborhood! Sharing Our Community’s Black History.

In observance of Black History Month, Landmark Center invites High School Students to learn, through community theater, about this important lesson of segregation and hate in our civic history that is rarely told. Even fewer know it ever happened.

An original play by Thomas L. Fabel & Eric L. Wood, presented by Landmark Center. This play accurately recounts a particularly deplorable episode in the history of residential segregation in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the remarkable courage of one family in fighting that condition. The year is 1924, the location is the recently developed Groveland Park neighborhood. The heroes in this saga are William and Nellie Francis, both of whom were leading citizens in St. Paul’s African-American community and nationally recognized activists for civil and political rights for women and citizens of color.
The events depicted began with the Francises’ decision to move from the Rondo neighborhood to the newly developed Groveland Park neighborhood. That move was strenuously opposed by many residents in the area, who employed increasingly violent means to prevent the Francises’ ownership, culminating in not one, but two, cross burning at the residence. It was only through the determination and courage of William and Nellie Francis, the strong support of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the belated strong-arming by city officials that a crack in the segregated status of this neighborhood was achieved.
Shows are scheduled for 10am on February 13th, 14th and 15th 2019. The content may not be suitable for ages 15 or younger. Student & Chaperone Tickets are $5 each. Bus and ticket assistance may be available, please inquire upon booking. Opportunities for post-show discussions. Performances take place at landmark Center in the F. K. Weyerhaeuser Auditorium.

Contact Krissy to book your seats today! 651.292.3276 or email [email protected]

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