On September 9, 1739, twenty enslaved Africans marched from South Carolina toward promised freedom in Spanish Florida, beating drums, waving flags and chanting for liberty. Known as the Stono Rebellion, it was the largest slave uprising in the British mainland colonies. This little-known event had a lasting effect on African American culture, and to mark its 281st anniversary, performance collective Step Afrika! will present Stono online from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 9. Hosted by ASU Gammage, the feature-length performance of Stono will be followed by a live panel discussion moderated by Lesli Foster, evening news anchor for WUSA based in Washington, D.C., and Step Afrika! founder and executive director C. Brian Williams.


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