From Julieanne's Garden to the Underground Railroad: Oral Histories and Folklore
Friday, November 9, 2007 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
at Indianapolis Art Center
820 E. 67th St., Indianapolis, IN 46220

The Lady & The Alligator - by Preston Jackson
Arts, Religion, Humanities
Event Format:
Discussion, Exhibit, Panel, Performance
Adult of all ages, Children (elementary school), Seniors, Young adults (18-40), Youth (middle/high school)
Leon E. Bates, Preston Jackson, Willie Johnson, James Still

Event Description:

Sharing stories is an act of generosity that sustains heritage, tradition, and culture. Based on the exhibitions From Julieanne’s Garden: Bronzes by Preston Jackson and Freedom’s Struggle: Underground Railroad Photos by Willie Johnson, this event examines the value and variations of oral histories and folklore. Enjoy an artist-guided tour of the exhibitions, readings by a Freetown Village actor, and a panel discussion. Panelists include artists Preston Jackson and Willie Johnson; James Still, playwright-in-residence, Indiana Repertory Theatre; Ophelia Wellington, director, Freetown Village; and Leon E. Bates, genealogist, Indiana African American Genealogy Group. Admission is free. Classroom resources are available. Presented by the Indianapolis Art Center, Freetown Village, Indiana African American Genealogy Group, and The Writers’ Center of Indiana.


Questions? Call 317-255-2464 or e-mail


For more information on how this event links to Indiana’s academic standards, contact Kendra Clauser, 317-278-0424 or