Native Guard, the Pulitzer Prize winning collection of poetry by former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, will be staged this season amidst the Atlanta History Center’s extraordinary Civil War collection. First adapted for the stage by the Alliance in 2014 to sold-out audiences, Native Guard juxtaposes the deeply personal experiences of Trethewey, a child of a then-illegal marriage between her African-American mother and Caucasian father living in 1960s Mississippi, with the experience of a soldier in the Native Guard, the first African-American Union troop in the Civil War who was charged with guarding white Confederate captives. Years after her mother’s tragic death, Trethewey reclaims her memory, just as she reclaims the voices of the black soldiers whose service has been all but forgotten.
Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road NW Atlanta, GA 30305 Directions
Located in Buckhead, the Atlanta History Center was founded in 1926 to preserve and present significant pieces of Atlanta history. It features 33 acres of destinations, exhibitions, programming, events and interactive activities for all ages. Its approach to storytelling creates a space for dialogue, discovery, and a shared understanding of our city.