A history lesson

Thomasina Petrus answers students questions at South View Middle School on Thursday, Jan. 17, after performing “Daughters of Africa,” a Mixed Blood touring show that focuses on the black woman’s experience in America from the 17th century to today. After one student incredulously asked if people really ate shoe leather during the Great Depression, she responded “I think people today can’t imagine that people starved to death.” Students also learned about Juneteenth – a day that originated in Texas when slaves found out they were free. Petrus also performed an encore song after students said they loved her voice. (Sun staff photo by Lisa Kaczke)

Thomasina Petrus answers students questions at South View Middle School on Thursday, Jan. 17, after performing “Daughters of Africa,” a Mixed Blood touring show that focuses on the black woman’s experience in America from the 17th century to today. After one student incredulously asked if people really ate shoe leather during the Great Depression, she responded “I think people today can’t imagine that people starved to death.” Students also learned about Juneteenth – a day that originated in Texas when slaves found out they were free. Petrus also performed an encore song after students said they loved her voice. (Sun staff photo by Lisa Kaczke)

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