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'Harriet Tubman: The Chosen One' coming to Carroll on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 Actress and scholar Gwendolyn Briley-Strand will portray the abolitionist leader in the show "Harriet Tubman: The Chosen One" on Jan. 21 at the Carroll Arts Center.
 Actress and scholar Gwendolyn Briley-Strand will portray the abolitionist leader in the show "Harriet Tubman: The Chosen One" on Jan. 21 at the Carroll Arts Center. (Courtesy Photo)

A show that has educated audiences at venues from the White House to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will come to Westminster on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, bringing Harriet Tubman to life.

Actress and scholar Gwendolyn Briley-Strand will portray the abolitionist leader in the show “Harriet Tubman: The Chosen One” on Monday, Jan. 21. Briley-Strand wrote the one-woman show, which tours around the country.

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In the spirit of service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, admission to the performance is free of charge to any audience member who has volunteered for a nonprofit organization during the past year.

The show will begin at 2 p.m. at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main Street, Westminster. Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for ages 25 & under and ages 60 & up. Members get additional discounts.

Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online at www.CarrollCountyArtsCouncil.org.

According to a release from the Carroll Arts Center, “Briley-Strand’s performance immerses viewers in Tubman's life and times through her dynamic portrayals of Tubman as the ‘Underground Railroad’ conductor, as well as some of the slaves she transported to freedom and those who sought to stop her.”

Tubman escaped slavery herself before rescuing hundreds of others through the Underground Railroad. During the Civil War, she held many roles including a military scout assigned to espionage. After the Emancipation Proclamation, she continued as a leader working to achieve the emancipation.

The performance will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Briley-Strand. She has offered to answer questions in-character as Tubman or for herself.

The performance aims to continue the Carroll County Arts Council’s tradition of “presenting thought-provoking programs in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day,” according to the release.

This undated photo that shows Harriet Tubman was for sale via Swann Auction Galleries in 2017.
This undated photo that shows Harriet Tubman was for sale via Swann Auction Galleries in 2017. (Swann Galleries / AP)

Briley-Strand has performed as Tubman at the White House's Independence Day celebrations in 1991 and 1992, and has performed “The Chosen One” at venues including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, and the New York State Museum in Albany, according to the release. She has appeared on "House of Cards," "Homicide: Life on the Streets," and "Species II."

Carroll Community College and Susan Williamson will sponsor the performance.

There is no snow date scheduled.

For more information go to www.CarrollCountyArtsCouncil.org or call 410-848-7272.

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