Lila: The Life of a Missouri Slave

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Date(s) - 02/07/2018
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Maplewood Public Library


Ms. da Silva has been performing the story of Lila for the past five years. “I recognized a need for African Americans to tell their story. There are nuances to cultural stories that you have to be a part of that culture to understand.”

Historically, the importance of the role black women played in the development of this country is overlooked, and the monumental significance of the very personal sacrifices they made is absent from the narrative. Lila’s story is a composite of every enslaved woman to some degree. Lila’s story is tragic, but it is also a story of survival, strength, and success as she takes control of her future at an advanced age when the quest for freedom can no longer be ignored. Ms. da Silva has familial ties to the Montgomery County area, so sharing Lila’s story is also telling both family and local history.

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