Even in this small town so many call home, there are many heroes who have paved the way for great waves of change.
One of those heroes is Chauncey Depew Harmon, Sr.
Adaire Theatre is putting the spotlight on Harmon’s life in their original production “Quiet Courage: The Pursuit of Equal Education.”
Harmon was born and raised in Pulaski. In the early 1900s, when segregation and discrimination were an ongoing battle in the black community, he took a stand to tackle these injustices.
Harmon attended Tuskegee and Normal Industrial Institute. After graduating, he returned to his hometown of Pulaski and became the principal of Calfee Training School in 1938. He led the push for the equalization of salaries and facilities for African Americans.
“I really enjoyed helping to write this piece, researching Mr. Harmon’s life and all he did to fight for what he believed in,” said Kendall Payne, founder of Adaire Theatre.
This show ties in with the Calfee Training School Project currently taking place. The school was built in the late 19th century as a place for African Americans to get their education. There is a consorted effort, not only by leaders in the town, but also people who live in the community. Payne is part of the effort.
“It’s been great seeing so many people come together to bring life back into the Calfee Training School. It’s played such a big part in the lives of so many people and I can’t wait to see fully the fresh vision that comes from the work that’s taking place,” Payne said.
“Quiet Courage: The Pursuit of Equal Education” had its opening night yesterday and is having a second show tonight, Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m., at Jubilee Christian Center. Tickets are $10. You can buy them online at adiaretheatre.org or at the door.
Jubilee Christian Center is located at 7331 Lee Highway in Fairlawn.
“I really hope people take time to come out. Pulaski has a rich history and it’s important that we learn all we can about those who did so much for our hometown. This is one way we keep our community strong and maintain the sense of pride we have in our hometown,” Payne said.