JONESBOROUGH, TN – Feb. 11, 2019 – The Yarn Exchange Radio Show will bring stories of Washington County’s “unsung heroes” to the stage in a performance that commemorates Black History Month 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at the International Storytelling Center.
This story-based program brings to life the true stories of real people from the region, and this month explores those pioneers who stood on the precipice of change.
Some of these pioneers like John Russaw, the first African American football player at East Tennessee State University, are also featured in the upcoming play, “The Long Trip Home.” J.C. Cousins was an African American businessman who ran for office in Jonesborough just a few years after the end of the Civil War. He lost the election, but began a political trajectory that would take 80 years to fulfill, when Ernest McKinney became the first African American elected as an Alderman in 1968.
Two special guests will join the cast this month. Renowned poet, Langley Shazor, will perform several of his pieces at this month’s production.
The McKinney Center also shares more of their monthly alumni stories and mysteries, offering audience members a chance to identify students in historic photos.
Musical guests “We Four” from Bethel Church will bring their dynamic vocal performances to the stage, singing several Gospel numbers.
Tickets for this performance are $5 and are available by calling 423-753-1010 or visit www.Jonesborough.com/tickets.
The Yarn Exchange Radio Show is a StoryTown production, sponsored in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission and Ballad Health.