Integration of Tuskegee High School to be brought to life by Auburn University's Mosaic Theatre Company Nov. 17

Published: November 12, 2014
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The historic integration of Tuskegee High School will be the centerpiece of a live performance by Auburn University's Mosaic Theatre Company on Monday, Nov. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Tuskegee First United Methodist Church, 202 S. Main St.

Thirteen African American students attempted to integrate all-white Tuskegee High School Sept. 2, 1963, as a result of the civil rights court case Lee v. Macon County Board of Education. Gov. George Wallace responded with an executive order closing the schools for one week and ordered state troopers to surround the school to prevent integration, prompting federal intervention to enforce the court order.

Told from the perspective of participants and witnesses, the Reader's Theatre-style performance features first-person recollections, photographs and music about the integration of Tuskegee High School in 1963. The compelling story will be brought to life through the rich memories and honest reflections of the people who lived it.

Mosaic Theatre Company is composed of Auburn University students and is directed by Tessa Carr in Auburn University's Department of Theatre in the College of Liberal Arts. The event is co-sponsored by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts. A reception will follow the performance.