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Watermark University: “Steal Away” – The Story of a Homestead and an Exoduster

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Steal Away is a dramatic one-woman show, which is written and performed by Penny Musco, about a little-known migration of African Americans. The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods is pleased to share that we will host this performance on Monday, January 19th at 11:00am in our Key West Auditorium.

Set in 1880, “Steal Away” is told from the perspective of Priscilla, a white woman who leaves the East to homestead in the plains with her husband and children. She crosses paths with Abigail and her family, former slaves who fled the South after Reconstruction ended. The narrative weaves together historical accounts of those who sought free land by taking advantage of The Homestead Act, and the significant but nearly forgotten movement of an estimated 20,000-40,000 blacks who headed elsewhere when the last of the federal troops were removed from the South. These African American homesteaders called themselves Exodusters, likening their flight to the Biblical exodus of Moses and his fellow slaves out of Egypt.

Penny Musco is a freelance writer and member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, whose work has appeared in a variety of publications. She has a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Iowa, and worked in radio for many years. Penny originally wrote and performed “Steal Away” as Artist-In-Residence at Homestead National Monument of America, a unit of the National Park Service.

If you are interested in attending, please call 1-941-306-3739.

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