The struggles, fears and ultimate triumphs of the Underground Railroad will be celebrated at a dramatic reading for Black History Month to be held on Saturday, February 11 at 1 PM at Southside Hub of Production (SHoP), 5638 S. Woodlawn.  The event is free and is intended for mature audiences.

The Underground Railroad, written by Hyde Parker Osa Buchner, tells the true stories of the heroic people who helped enslaved African Americans escape to freedom. Featured characters include Harriet Tubman, Thomas Garrett and Henry Box Brown. The parts will be read by Hyde Park residents Richard Buchner, Marcus-David Brown, Judith Heineman, Brian Phillips and Brenda and Rod Sawyer; and by South Sider Alma Washington.

The Underground Railroad is our way of observing Black History Month,” says playwright Osa Buchner. “Many of our cast members are non-professional actors, but they have all graciously volunteered to play these great Americans – black and white – who helped in the struggle for freedom.”

Following the reading, guests are invited to view a table display in the next room on the Underground Railroad in Illinois, courtesy of Sherry Williams and the Bronzeville Historical Society.