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Historic Figures

Focused on important figures from Alabama’s history, this educational series is designed to connect students with a living embodiment of people from our state’s storied past. These are public audiences with a person who made a profound impact on our communities and nation. BCT’s trained historical interpreters perform a 30-minute one-person play followed by 15-20 minutes of question-and-answer – all in first-person character. Such an audience is designed to connect these figures directly with their student audiences, eliminating the barrier of time.


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What is the Historic Figures Series?

Focused on important figures from Alabama’s history, this educational series is designed to connect students with a living embodiment of people from our state’s storied past. These are public audiences with a person who made a profound impact on our communities and nation. BCT’s trained historical interpreters perform a 30-minute one-person play followed by 15-20 minutes of question-and-answer – all in first-person character. Such an audience is designed to connect these figures directly with their student audiences, eliminating the barrier of time.

Who Would Enjoy this Series Most?

This program is designed for students ages 8 and up, as many of the topics covered are more serious in nature. It pairs excellently with 4th grade curriculum, especially as Alabama history is typically taught at this level. It can also be effective with middle school and junior high students, who are tackling more complex historical questions. A living, breathing person portraying a famous figure tends to demystify these giants. Once we see that our heroes were once people just like us, we start to empathize with them, laugh with them, and even aspire to be like them.

BCT’s 2019-2020 Historic Figure: Virginia Durr

Fresh off its inaugural offering of “George Washington Carver: Cultivating a Legend,” BCT will present “Virginia Durr: Seeing the Light.” 

Virginia Durr was a prominent figure during the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 60s. She ran for Senate in 1948 as the Progressive Party candidate.  Durr was close friends with Rosa Parks and was instrumental in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. A white woman who originally believed wholeheartedly in segregation, Durr completely changed her perspective as an adult and fought tirelessly for equal rights for all.