Torn Asunder: Student Produced Play Performed at Hampton NHS

Torn Asunder: Student Performance at Hampton NHS

Torn Asunder: Student Produced Play Performed at Hampton NHS

National Park Service

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Action Item:
Arts Afire
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History Lesson
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Hampton National Historic Site partnered with the Baltimore School for the Arts and The Maryland Historical Society to produce "Torn Asunder – the Civil War Midstream." The four scenes explored the effects of slavery and the Emancipation Proclamation on slaveholders and the enslaved of Maryland. Students researched the topic by examining primary sources in the Student Research Center at the Maryland Historical Society and visiting Hampton NHS. The students developed character profiles for the playwrights and worked with their teachers to create costumes and props for the performance. These scenes were performed for the general public and approximately 200 students from Baltimore City and County public schools. The Baltimore School for the Arts Outreach Program arranged for them to perform the play for an additional 200 students in other Maryland area schools.

Additional support was provided by the park's non-profit partner, Historic Hampton Inc., who paid for bus transportation using grant funds from the National Park Foundation "Ticket to Ride" program.