Performance draws audience

Published 1:00 pm Thursday, February 15, 2018

Members of the Farmville community may have caught a glimpse of the life and legacy of activist and abolitionist Harriet Tubman through the performance by Diane Faison Tuesday at the Moton Museum.

“The Spirit of Harriet Tubman” showcased Tubman and “some of her thoughts on the Underground Railroad and some of her driving inspirations,” a release from the Moton Museum cited.

The 50-minute performance brought more than 100 people to the museum auditorium, Director of Education & Public Programs Cainan Townsend said.

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Faison, an art and art education instructor for more than 25 years, had taken graduate courses at Longwood University and the University of Virginia, Faison’s website cited.

Prince Edward County Commonwealth’s Attorney Megan Clark attended the event and said Tubman’s life and Faison’s portrayal left an impact on her.

“Mrs. Faison’s portrayal of Harriet Tubman’s spirit was beyond moving,” Clark said. “Feelings were stirred within me that I really haven’t felt before. Faison was able to transcend time and space through her performance, and I forgot where I was. To be able to feel Tubman’s anguish, fear, and victory was something that took me through feelings of anger, sadness, exuberance, and perhaps more than anything else — pride for my heritage and ancestors.”