The Negros Burial Ground: A Cantata for the Departed

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The Negros Burial Ground: A Cantata for the Departed by Leroy Jenkins was presented at The Kitchen in the spring of 1996. The three-act opera combined music and theater elements as well as avant-garde, classical, and jazz stylings. Inspired by the discovery of the 18th century burial ground in lower Manhattan, The Negros Burial Ground investigates the complex history of African Americans and the issue of race in the United States. The musical theater fantasy juxtaposes Africans executed in 18th century New York with the police brutality faced by 20th century African Americans.

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