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“Deeper Than the Skin” performance at Attleboro church

Two accomplished musicians have combined to form a touring duo with a unique and fascinating story. They will be performing in Attleboro at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at Murray Unitarian Universalist Church.

Reggie Harris can trace his ancestry to an enslaved woman and a Confederate general who was owner of a plantation outside of Richmond, Virginia. Greg Greenway, a white man, was born not far from the site of the former plantation. After meeting on the concert circuit and discovering their unusual connection, Harris and Greenway, who also happen to have been born three days apart, decided to team up to explore their historical relationship with their audiences and with each other.

While details of the ancestry of many African-Americans are lost to history, Harris’s ancestor, General William Wickham, kept records of the births and deaths of his plantation’s population of over 200 enslaved persons. This knowledge brought a chapter in American history into sharp focus for Harris. After sharing his history with Greenway, the two visited the Whitney Museum in Louisiana together. The Whitney is a former plantation whose story is vividly told through historical restoration and interpretive artwork. This experience further deepened the commitment of Harris and Greenway to create “Deeper Than the Skin.”

“Deeper Than the Skin” has been described as “an experience of singing and listening…of
experiencing a connection so deep that it makes you laugh, smile, cry and reconsider what you know about our history. It’s an invitation to open your heart and mind to a story of shared humanity that resonates with your own.”

Don’t miss a chance to be part of this experience.  Tickets are $20 and may be purchased online here or at the door if still available on the night of the performance. Murray Unitarian Universalist Church is located at 505 North Main Street in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

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