"The Fire of Freedom" Featuring Actor Mike Wiley
Join us for a special presentation of "The Fire of Freedom" featuring actor Mike Wiley. Wiley’s one-man theatrical performance tells the story of Abraham Galloway, a young slave rebel and Union spy who became one of the most significant black leaders in the South during and after the Civil War. "The Fire of Freedom" is inspired by the book of the same name by David Cecelski, adapted by playwright Howard Craft and directed by Hilda Willis.
4:30 - 5 p.m. Refreshments
5 - 6:30 p.m. Program
For planning purposes, RSVP requested to Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking is available in most campus lots on Sundays.
Abraham H. Galloway (1837-1870) was a fiery young slave rebel, radical abolitionist, and Union spy who rose out of bondage to become one of the most significant and stirring black leaders in the South during the Civil War. Throughout his brief, mercurial life, Galloway fought against slavery and injustice. He risked his life behind enemy lines, recruited black soldiers for the North, and fought racism in the Union army’s ranks. He also stood at the forefront of an African-American political movement, even leading a historic delegation of black southerners to the White House to meet with President Lincoln and to demand the full rights of citizenship. He later became one of the first black men elected to the North Carolina legislature. Long hidden from history, Galloway’s story reveals a war unfamiliar to most of us. This riveting portrait, based on the book of the same name by David Cecelski and adapted by playwright Howard Craft, illuminates Galloway’s life and deepens our insight into the Civil War and Reconstruction as experienced by African Americans in the South.