Jordan Anderson Writes A Letter

Researched by: Dr. Roy Finkenbine   Written By: Dr. Arthur J. Beer

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation the Theatre Company of University of Detroit Mercy is pleased to announce the world premiere of the multimedia docudrama production Jordan Anderson Writes a Letter by Dr. Arthur J. Beer. This production was created to be shared with young audiences in school environments.

After the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, Jordan Anderson and his family fled their Tennessee master’s plantation to find a new life in Dayton, Ohio under the mentorship of the great abolitionist, Valentine Winters. Their courageous journey from Tennessee slavery to Ohio freedom was later challenged by the demands of his former master to return home. Jordan Anderson assisted by Winters, responds to the letter of his former master with a letter of his own. The result is a human lesson in compassion, defiance and dignity.

This production is sponsored by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment of the Arts, Michigan’s Humanities Council, the National Humanities Endowment, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Chrysler Group LLC.

* Production not included with purchase of season tickets.JAWAL Sponsors


At University of Detroit Mercy: Life Science room 113 - Limited seating!

Presented by the Chrysler Foundation

February 21, 2014: 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. for local schools and 7:00 p.m. for the public

February 22, 2014: 7:00 p.m. for the public

Tickets: Donation only - We strongly urge you to RSVP your ticket by calling 313-993-3270. 

At the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Performances at 11:00 a.m.

February 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, March 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 28

Tickets: Free of charge. Admission to museum strongly encouraged.

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