Native Guard

Atlanta History Center
Recommended for ages 12+
author
Natasha Trethewey
Directed by
Susan V. Booth

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.

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"We are honored for the opportunity to partner with the Alliance Theatre. We hope the experience of combining Trethewey's work and the talent of the actors in Native Guard with the powerful objects and stories in our Turning Point: The American Civil War exhibition will connect audiences with history in a way that they may not have experienced before."
Sheffield Hale, President & CEO, Atlanta History Center

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