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Black History Month events
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 @ 10:30 am - Saturday, October 25, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Saltmine Theatre Company performs ‘John Newton – Amazing Grace’ Saturday 25th October – 7:30pm
The Cowper and Newton Museum are thrilled to be welcoming the Saltmine Theatre Company to perform their ‘John Newton – Amazing Grace’ production in St Peter and St Paul Church in Olney – the very church where John Newton first preached 250 years ago this year. In his rectory in Olney he wrote the world-renowned and much-loved hymn ‘Amazing Grace’. “This is a powerfully moving story of slavery, freedom and the remarkable power of love and grace to transform a life” – Saltmine Theatre Company.
Press-ganged into the navy at nineteen, flogged for desertion and torn from the girl he loves, John Newton feels he has nothing to live for. Making his way into the harsh world of the eighteenth century transatlantic slave trade, he makes his living as an abusive trafficker of human flesh. He is a man beyond redemption, making enemies of all he meets, on his way to hell. Then one stormy night, with his ship going down, he faces certain death…and nothing is the same again. This is a powerfully moving story of slavery, freedom and the remarkable power of love and grace to transform a life.
Click here for a preview http://www.saltminetrust.org.uk/content/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=351:amazing-grace&catid=41m a life.
Tickets £15 on sale at The Cowper and Newton Museum – very popular so book soon! The performance will be at St Peter and St Paul Church 7:30pm. Ring 01234 711516
Black History Exhibition
Visit our display during October for Black History Month (in the Three Hares Gallery and Resource Rom). To help understand the story we have:
- The story of John Newton’s and William Cowper’s involvement in the abolition of the slave trade
- Slave trade artefacts to handle
- Local Black History display panels from Northants Black History Association
- Information on work going on to support Africa today from the Olney-Newton link and Advantage Africa
- Black History film on show in the Reception area
- Education – for a learning link to a slave trade website and Amazing Grace