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‘Voices from the Past’

The series “Where We Live: History, Nature and Culture” will host the Women’s History Trail program “Voices from the Past” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 17, at the Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center in Franklin.

The event will be a set of dramatic monologues bringing to life the three 19th century Franklin women depicted in the sculpture “Sowing the Seeds of the Future.” 

The artist, Wesley Wofford, has completed the eagerly anticipated bronze work, which was first envisioned by the late local historian Barbara McRae in 2017 and has been carried through by the Women’s History Trail, a project of the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County.  

The Women’s History Trail Leadership Team is working with the Town of Franklin toward site preparation and installation, on town land, with a goal of unveiling this monumental sculpture before the end of the year.

The three women in the sculpture are Timoxena Siler Sloan, daughter of a white pioneer family, who is portrayed in this stage presentation by Janet Jacobs Greene; Salley, an enslaved Black woman, portrayed by dancer Jada Bryson; and the Cherokee woman, Na-Ka Rebecca Morris, portrayed by Amber Allen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

The stories told in the monologues and rendered in the sculpture ring true to us today, as they acknowledge the struggles of women living through turbulent times, and celebrate the contributions women have made. 

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The lecture series is designed to give people an opportunity to learn more about our local area, from many different angles, and to enjoy a pleasant, informative evening together. 

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