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Yarn Exchange to honor Black History Month

The Yarn Exchange is back with its celebration show about “unsung heroes” to honor Black History Month. The show will feature stories about local leaders throughout the region’s history and helped shape the future of Washington County.


On Monday, Feb. 25, the Yarn Exchange Radio Show will bring stories of Washington County’s “unsung heroes” to the stage in a performance that commemorates Black History Month. This story-based programs brings to life the true stories of real people from the region, and this month explores those pioneers who stood on the precipice of change.

Some of these pioneers include John Russaw, the first African American football player at East Tennessee State University, whose story is also featured in the upcoming play, The Long Trip Home. J.C. Cousins, an African American businessman who ran for office in Jonesborough just a few years after the end of the Civil War. He lost the election, but began a political trajectory that would take eighty years to fulfill, when Ernest McKinney became the first African American elected as an Alderman in 1968.

The McKinney Center also shares more of their monthly alumni stories and mysteries, offering audience members a chance to identify students in historic photos.

Two special guests will join the cast this month. Renowned poet, Langley Shazor, will perform several of his pieces at this month’s production.

Musical guests “We Four” from Bethel Church will bring their dynamic vocal performances to the stage, singing several Gospel numbers.

Tickets for this performance, held at the International Storytelling Center on Monday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. are only $5. They are available by calling (423)753-1010 or online at The Yarn Exchange Radio Show is a StoryTown production, sponsored in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission and Ballad Health.