Virginia Wesley and Annamaria Crider
About the artist
Virginia Wesley has been a storyteller since 1987. Her interest in portraying black female characters led her to research the life of Harriet Tubman. Because much of Harriet Tubman’s story was unfamiliar in school history lessons when Virginia was growing up, she is committed to sharing Harriet with today’s students. Virginia has performed for the Indianapolis Children’s Museum.
Annamaria Crider, a professional singer, joined her mother in 2001, adding a rich musical element to their program. Both women actively research new information about their characters, as they strive to portray them as historically accurate.
Tragedy, Trains, Truth, and Tales
Harriet Tubman recounts her experience with the Underground Railroad to Sophia. Sophia sings spiritual “code songs” used by the slaves. Together, these two characters illustrate the customs and music of slavery. At the end, they invite the students to ask questions of their characters. Solo characters Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth available upon request.
- Grades: K-23-56-89-12
- Length: 45 min
- Audience Limit: 300