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January 29, 2003

Drama featuring journey from slavery to freedom comes to Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – "Grandma's Quilt: The Journey of an African Woman from Slavery to Freedom," a one-person chronicle of an African woman's courage in the face of adversity, will take the stage at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, in Purdue University's Experimental Theatre.

The drama begins in the 1920s, winds through two world wars, explores the 1940s and 1950s and concludes on a Christmas morning in the present. It is told through the eyes of an ailing black woman in Arkansas whose final wish is to complete a quilt for her granddaughter. Playwright and actor Karen Annette Brown will portray the title character in five different life stages, ranging from age 13 to 90.

Renee Thomas, Black Cultural Center director, says "Grandma's Quilt" is a moving drama that captures the strength of the human spirit.

"The play conveys the history and humanity of a black family told through the medium of a patchwork quilt," Thomas says. "'Grandma’s Quilt' will intrigue and inspire the audience."

The performance is free and open to the public.

CONTACT: Renee Thomas, (765) 494-3091,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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