Camilla Ross presents her one-woman show "Harriet Tubman's Dream"

Harriet Tubman was born into slavery and went on to become one of the leading anti-slavery activists in history. She made 13 missions to rescue more than 70 slaves with the Underground Railroad. That's not all; she also helped 60 more slaves plan their own escapes. And she worked as a nurse, scout and spy for the Union Army during the Civil War.

Her dramatic life will be recounted when Camilla Ross presents her one-woman show "Harriet Tubman's Dream." The Emerson Theater Collaborative production is being staged in honor of Black History Month, with a show Saturday at The Writer's Block Ink in New London.

In "Harriet Tubman's Dream" - which is written by Lisa Giordano and is directed by Aaron Arbiter - Ross's Tubman is giving a storytelling performance in Boston; in reality, Tubman did give dramatic storytelling performances of her life to the literary elite in New London. It was a way for her to financially support herself, the fugitive slave community and her rescue missions.

- Kristina Dorsey

"Harriet Tubman's Dream," 7 p.m. Saturday, The Writer's Block, Ink, 446 Colman St., New London; Emerson Theatre Collaborative; $25 ($23 students and seniors); (860) 705-9711, EmersonTheatreCollaborative.org.

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