In All Thy Getting

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Playwright Holly Charles, M.A., The Rutherford B.H. Yates Museum, and The Ensemble Theatre present:

In All Thy Getting: The Forgotten Story of Freedmen’s Town

June 16th - 18th, 2017
The Ensemble Theatre | 3535 Main St. 

Bring the whole family to witness this celebration of the arts and the rich history of one of the largest ex-slave settlements left in the nation.  Right here in Houston’s 4th Ward lies what was once known as Freedmen’s Town.  Come relish in the hopes, disappointments and triumphs of our forefathers in the stage play
In All Thy Getting: The Forgotten Story of Freedmen’s Town.

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The dual plot of In All Thy Getting: The Forgotten Story of Freedmen's Town explores the lives of a young husband and wife, thriving (financially) in the city of Houston but floundering in their marital pursuit of happiness.  The plot is complicated by their responsibilities as caregivers to the husband's 99 year old paternal grandmother, who resides in what she calls Freedmen's Town.  While their newfound success has afforded them the opportunity to move away from what the husband remembers as a poverty-stricken and drug-infested Fourth Ward, they've remained in order to take care of an elderly grandmother suffering from dementia.  The couple does not understand the grandmother's adamant pleas to preserve her home, Fourth Ward and its bricked streets; nor do they understand her pleas with them to reconcile their marriage.  Through grandmother's hallucinations, dreams and even brief moments of cryptic clarity, we learn about Fourth Ward's beginnings as Freedmen's Town.  Most importantly, though, the young couple, as well as the audience, learn about the power of preservation.  Grandmother's voice represents the forgotten martyrs of Freedmen's Town.  While their faith and fervor have created opportunities for newer generations to "get more", they would surely want us to abide by the scripture that says, 'In all thy getting, get an understanding' - Proverbs 4:7. 

3 Ways To Donate:

  • GoFundMe (no tax credit applicable for this option)
  • Donate using the Rutherford B.H. Yates Donation Form (tax credit applicable for this option).  VERY IMPORTANT:  YOU MUST INDICATE THAT THE FUNDS ARE "FOR IN ALL THY GETTING" IN THE 'PAYMENT INFORMATION NOTES'. 
  • Donate by mail (tax credit applicable for this option): Rutherford B.H. Yates Museum, Inc., P.O. Box 130726, Houston, Tx. 77219-0726. VERY IMPORTANT:  YOU MUST INDICATE THAT THE FUNDS ARE "FOR IN ALL THY GETTING" IN YOUR CHECK 'MEMO' section. 

Thanks, in advance, for your generous donations!

For updates and photos related to our project, follow us on Instagram at 'PreserveFreedmensTown'.

Thanks for helping us Preserve Freedmen's Town, Brick By Brick!