A Mobile Exhibit from
the Brattleboro Words Project
The first known African American poet was former slave who lived in Guilford.
“Lucy Speaks,” was a museum-quality exhibit designed by Amy Beecher; housed within a customized, 7×16′ cargo trailer, and sent on tour throughout Southern Vermont in the fall of 2017. This innovative, mobile exhibit celebrated the life of Lucy Terry Prince, a former slave; an eloquent advocate for equal treatment under the law and the first known African American poet.
The exhibit featured a dramatic reading by Shanta Lee Gander and a dance performance by Moon Livingston.
Shanta Lee Gander
Photos by Reggie Martell
MILES rolled out the exhibit in front of Key Bank on Main Street from.
The Mobile, Interactive, Literary Exhibition Space is a mini, mobile museum, providing an immersive experience.
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Shanta Lee Gander and Stephanie Greene discuss MILES and Lucy Speaks on Green Mountain Mornings with Olga Peters.
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Marlboro College Art Professor Amy Beecher curated and designed the exhibit with Curatorial team Jerry Carbone, Sandy Rouse, Lissa Weinmann and Sarah Kovach. “Lucy’s story and the whole Words Project are inspiring Marlboro College students to become actively engaged in Brattleboro as an incredibly rich learning environment,” MILES curator Amy Beecher said.
In Downtown BrattleboroPlacemaking Goes MobileAt the crack of dawn on a Friday morning, a trailer rolls down the street and maneuvers into a parking spot in the middle of Brattleboro’s Main Street. The sides of the unassuming trailer, proclaimed: “Lucy Speaks” and...
February 16, 2018 by Shanta Lee Gander | from the Ms. Magazine Blog This is not the usual Black History Month story that is retold about African Americans as victims who needed rescuing. This is about a woman who was an orator, activist, mother, landowner and poet who...
October 14, 2017 @ 10:00 am - October 15, 2017 @ 1:00 pm “Lucy Speaks: Remembering early Brattleboro-area resident, Lucy Terry Prince, the first known African American poet, former slave, and eloquent advocate for equal treatment under the law,” debuts at...
August, twas the twenty-fifth, Seventeen houndred forty-six,
The Indians did in ambush lay, Some very valiant men to slay…
– Lucy Terry Prince, Bars Fight
Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, scholar and author of Mr. and Mrs. Prince: How an Extraordinary Eighteenth Century Family Moved Out of Slavery and into Legend, inspired much of the exhibit and she will be a featured speaker at the festival from 9:30 am-10:45 am on Saturday, October 14th, at the Centre Congregational Church. She will be reading with Wendy Warren, author of New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.