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

Camilla Ross is Harriet Tubman in 'Harriet Tubman's Dream.'
Camilla Ross is Harriet Tubman in "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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