Black History event will feature drama 

The Friends of Magnolia Mound Plantation, in association with BREC, will present the eighth annual Black History Month dramatic production, Frederick Douglass, The Rest of the Story, by Oneal Isaac, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, on the plantation grounds, 2161 Nicholson Drive.

Admission is free.

Born a slave in Maryland, Douglass became one of the most famous men in 19th-century America. He was an American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writing.

Douglass wrote several autobiographies eloquently describing his experiences in slavery in his 1845 autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. He wrote two more autobiographies. His last was Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, published in 1881, which covered events through and after the Civil War.

After the war, Douglass remained active in the United States’ struggle to reach its potential as “land of the free.” He actively supported women’s suffrage and held numerous public offices. Douglass was a firm believer in the equality of all people.

Isaac, who will portray Douglass, is an award-winning actor, storyteller and playwright. He has been the recipient of an Artist Fellowship in Theatre from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. He also was arts ambassador for the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and was honored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities with a Special Humanities Award.

Isaac has worked in motion pictures, professional and community theater, improvisational comedy and public radio. He worked extensively as the assistant director with PRIME TIME Reading Time, the LEH Family Literacy Program, now used throughout the United States.

The Friends of Magnolia Mound Plantation is a member organization of the Community Fund for the Arts. This program is partially funded by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. For more information, call (225) 271-4157 or visit thttp://www.friendsofmagnoliamound.org.

The Friends of Magnolia Mound