“An Adaptation of Unchained Memories” portrayed by Columbia State Community College faculty, staff, students, and retirees is presented annually. This year the “Slave Narratives” were at the Columbia campus and later in the Franklin Theatre. Courtesy photo.

FRANKLIN, TN — Columbia State Community College annually presents a stage presentation of “The Slave Narratives: An Adaptation of Unchained Memories” to honor the life and legacy of many unknown people.

Wednesday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in the Franklin Theatre. 419 Main St., was scheduled as the second of two performances during this third annual depiction by CSCC faculty, staff, students, and retirees. The first of the two this spring was April 25 in Columbia.
“Even as they experienced and endured extreme physical and psychological abuse,” CSCC reports, “many former slaves were determined to leave a history for future generations to study.”

Ms. Shelley D. Manns, an associate professor of English at CSCC, decided to honor these courageous efforts. The program began as a project for her students studying African American literature, The (Columbia) Daily Herald reports. The college has invited the general public to “experience and witness the joys, sorrows, fears, courage, and love of a beautiful people who fought for their humanity and won significant victories.”
There’s been no charge for the performances.

Clint Confehr

Clint Confehr — an American journalist since 1972 — first wrote for The Tennessee Tribune in 1999. His news writing and photography in South Central Tennessee and the Nashville Metropolitan Statistical...