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As events and programs continue to take place at the Madame Walker Theatre Center, the organization will look within to present offerings for Black History Month. Freetown Village has been a resident in the Walker Theatre Center building for more than 17 years. This month, the Walker is partnering with Freetown Village for a dinner theater in its historic ballroom on Feb. 18th at 6:30pm.

Freetown Village’s stated mission is to educate the public about African-American lives and culture in Indiana through living history performances, the collection and preservation of artifacts, exhibits and allied programs. The trials, triumphs and daily life of African-Americans are presented through theater, storytelling, folk crafts, heritage workshops, music, day camp, and special events.

The evening, entitled “This Little Light…” will feature the singers of Freetown Village and take the audience on a historical musical journey from the mid-1800s through the mid-1900s. Guests will enjoy a full course dinner.  

“The singers traditionally sing and interpret the meanings of many of the old Negro spirituals from the 1800s,” said Ophelia Wellington, founding director of Freetown Village. “In between courses, the singers will change costumes and come back with a medley of songs of a more modern era.”

Tickets are on sale now at www.eventbrite.com with additional details at www.walkertheatre.com. For more information, call Freetown Village at (317) 631-1870 or the Madame Walker Theatre Center at (317) 236-2099.

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