Join us on YouTube Live for a live-streamed conversation with playwright and novelist Kia Corthron, author of “Moon and the Mars,” the story of a young girl, Theo, growing up with her family in Five Points, a diverse Lower Manhattan neighborhood of tenement residents. The conversation will be livestreamed from our 1860s tenement apartment at 97 Orchard Street.
Set between the years of 1853 –1863, we follow Theo’s coming of age spent in the respective homes of her Black and Irish grandmothers and in an increasingly divided country as it edges closer to the Civil War. As the world around her changes, so does Theo’s understanding of her place within it. A feat of historical research, Corthron immerses the reader in a narrative that coheres newspaper headlines of the era and Theo’s perspective and experience of life. Family and identity are at the heart of this multigenerational story that invites readers to see the past for all its complexity.
This program is part of our series exploring questions of race and migration in the United States. How have ideas about race changed over time? How can understand more deeply the stories of Black Americans and European immigrants by looking at these histories in conversation?
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This program will continue to be available on the Tenement Museum Youtube channel following the LIVE screening.