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Adwoa Bandele-Asante stages Harriet Tubman program

Published September 19. 2013 4:00AM
Adwoa Bandele-Asante portrays Harriet Tubman.

Adwoa Bandele-Asante brings to life the story of the great Harriet Tubman in "A Woman with a Railroad," which she'll perform Saturday at the Smith-Harris House in Niantic.

Bandele-Asante, who wrote and performs the piece, is a New London native. She went through the city's schools and then earned her bachelor's degree at Connecticut College. She went on to get her masters degree in political science from Howard University in Washington, D.C.. While Bandele-Asante was in Washington, she travelled and taught - and she debuted "A Woman with a Railroad." She has since returned to New London, where she teaches Spanish and tennis and she continues to perform.

The purpose of the show, Bandele-Asante's press materials explain, is that, "through the story of Harriet Tubman's struggle for freedom from slavery and inclusion as an American citizen, learners will understand how faith, courage and commitment inspired this great woman warrior of the 20th century."

She'll be accompanied by her husband, traditional percussionist Ibiju Bandele-Asante.

The performance is sponsored by the Friends of the Smith-Harris House, in coordination with the Niantic Lions Club.

- KRISTINA DORSEY

"Harriet Tubman: A Woman with

a Railroad
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7-8 p.m. Saturday, Smith-Harris House, 33 Society Road, Niantic; suggested donation $5; smithharris.org.

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