Underground Railroad Program with Performance Artists Nzinga’s Daughters

Saturday, February 28        2 p.m. - 3 p.m.


Thanks to an arts presentation grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, Windsor Historical Society offers a special Underground Railroad performance by the internationally-acclaimed Connecticut performing group Nzinga’s Daughters on February 28th at 2 p.m.  The performers in Nzinga’s Daughters use poetry, stories, and songs from the Underground Railroad to reveal coded messages hidden within Negro spirituals and everyday objects.  Participation from audience members will be encouraged through the use of African percussion instruments, games and participation in story and song.


The group is named for early seventeenth century Angolan ruler Queen Nzinga, remembered for her efforts in resisting the Portuguese slave trade.  Known for her exceptional statesmanship and guerilla warfare tactics, Queen Nzinga effectively resisted Portuguese forces for decades through alliances with the Dutch and her military strategies.   


America’s Underground Railroad refers to the secret routes and the network of resource people in various states that thousands of enslaved Africans used to escape to freedom in Canada and Mexico.   As an underground resistance movement, the Underground Railroad was decentralized and covert in nature.  “Conductors” responsible for moving enslaved Africans from “station” or safe house to “station” and the “stationmasters” who housed them knew little more than their own part in the operation.  Oral traditions passed down about the Underground Railroad indicate that songs, quilts, and specific code words and phrases were used as communication aids along the routes.  Come to this performance and learn more about the Underground Railroad, its secrets, and its inspiring songs and stories.    


Our hall seats 100 people; to be assured of a seat, make reservations before the program by calling 688-3813 x. 102.  Cost for the program is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and $4 for Windsor Historical Society members. Parking is available in the Windsor Discovery Center and First Church parking lots and around Palisado Green.


Windsor Historical Society’s programming in 2009 is made possible the following donors:

  • Presenting Sponsors: Connecticut Humanities Council; Greater Hartford Arts Council, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; Windsor Federal Savings

  • Founder Sponsors:  Anonymous Donor;  Connecticut commission on Culture and Tourism, ING; Jim and Kathi Martin; NewAlliance Foundation, Rabbett Insurance Agency, Savings Bank Life Insurance

  • Settler Sponsors: Griffin Land and Nurseries, Inc.; Marcia Hinckley; RTI CT; Sir Speedy


Windsor Historical Society       96 Palisado Avenue       Windsor, CT 06095  


Tel:  860-688-3813

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E-mail:  info@windsorhistoricalsociety.org



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