Students re-enact slavery case

IL Staff
November 17, 2008
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A play documenting a young black woman's struggle for freedom in Indiana nearly 200 years ago will be presented at the Indiana Statehouse Tuesday as an educational tool for students.

The interactive drama "Bound for Freedom: the Case of Polly Strong" is based on the 1820 case Lasselle v. State, in which the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Hyacinthe Lasselle couldn't hold Polly Strong as a slave. The high court decided Lasselle's claim to Strong violated the prohibition of slavery in Indiana and set her free.

Dozens of students attending will become a part of the play by taking on the role of bailiff, judges, attorneys, and other production personnel. The experience is designed to transport the students into Indiana history.

The public is invited to attend the re-enactments of the play, which will be performed at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the Indiana Supreme Court courtroom on the third floor of the statehouse. The original script was developed by the Courts in the Classroom and the Leora Brown School in Corydon, with funding from the Indiana Bar Foundation.


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  1. Freedom From Religion Foundation: If you really want to be free from religion, don't go to the Christmas Play or the Christmas Pageant or the Christmas Parade. Anything with "Christ" or Saint...fill in the blank...would be off limits to you. Then leave the rest of us ALONE!

  2. So the prosecutor made an error and the defendants get a full remedy. Just one short paragraph to undo the harm of the erroneous prosecution. Wow. Just wow.

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  4. Looks like you dont understand Democracy, Civilized Society does not cut a thiefs hands off, becouse now he cant steal or write or feed himself or learn !!! You deserve to be over punished, Many men are mistreated hurt in many ways before a breaking point happens! grow up !!!

  5. It was all that kept us from tyranny. So sad that so few among the elite cared enough to guard the sacred trust. Nobody has a more sacred obligation to obey the law than those who make the law. Sophocles No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it. Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor. Theodore Roosevelt That was the ideal ... here is the Hoosier reality: The King can do no wrong. Legal maxim From the Latin 'Rex non potest peccare'. When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal. Richard Nixon