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Yarn Exchange Radio Show presents “Unsung Heroes”

Submitted by Whitney S. Williams • Feb 21, 2019 at 4:30 PM

The Yarn Exchange Radio Show will bring stories of Washington County’s “unsung heroes” to the stage at 7 p.m., Feb. 25, in a performance that commemorates Black History Month. The story-based program brings to life the true stories of real people from the region, and this month explores those pioneers who stood on the precipice of change.

Some of these pioneers include John Russaw, the first African American football player at East Tennessee State University, whose story is also featured in the upcoming play, “The Long Trip Home,” and J.C. Cousins, an African American businessman who ran for office in Jonesborough just a few years after the end of the Civil War. He lost the election, but began a political trajectory that would take 80 years to fulfill; Ernest McKinney became the first African American elected as an alderman in 1968.

The McKinney Center also shares more of their monthly alumni stories and mysteries, offering audience members a chance to identify students in historic photos.

Two special guests will join the cast this month. Renowned poet Langley Shazor will perform several of his pieces at this month’s production. Musical guests “We Four” from Bethel Church will bring their dynamic vocal performances to the stage, singing several Gospel numbers.

Tickets for the performance, held at the International Storytelling Center, are $5. They are available by calling (423) 753-1010 or online at Jonesborough.com/tickets. The Yarn Exchange Radio Show is a StoryTown production, sponsored in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission and Ballad Health.

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