“Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray”: Jeremiah Barnes, Booker T. Washington, and the Afterlives of UA Slavery

This project involves reconstructing the complex history of a visit to Tuscaloosa by Booker T. Washington, organized by Jeremiah Barnes, a former enslaved campus laborer. The goal of this project is to recreate for modern audiences Washington’s address at Tuscaloosa’s First African Baptist Church, complete with written and sung material.  

In addition to the recreated performance, this project will include an immersive online component. 

At 5:30 pm on April 16th, Barnes, Washington & The University of Alabama: Recreating the 1910 Event for Understanding the Afterlives of Slavery in the 21st Century will be held. This event will showcase a collaborative project recreating the 1910 speech given by Booker T. Washington in Tuscaloosa at the invitation of a former enslaved campus-laborer turned educator. To learn more or register, click here.

Collaborators

Dr. Hilary Green, CARI Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor of History in the Department of Gender and Race Studies

Dr. Luvada A. Harrison, CARI Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre/Voice

Dr. Alexis Davis-Hazell, Assistant Professor of Voice and Lyric Diction, and vocal artist

Earl Hazell, Vocal Artist