Life and Times of Absalom Grimes, Civil War Spy

Teaching Artist: Barnes Bradshaw

Students will relive the experiences of Absalom Grimes, one of Gratiot Street Prison’s former inmates, as the hardships of prison life and the absurdities of Civil War era justice as related by actor, Barnes Bradshaw. Twice sentenced to death by the federal government, Grimes lived to tell tales of a war that pit brother against brother. Participants will make a “Spy Wheel Decoder” in order to write and receive “top secret” messages in this memorable workshop that combines history with theater and visual arts.

Audience: Grades 3-8
Format: Workshop
Curriculum Connections: Social Studies/Culture
Teaching Artist: Barnes Bradshaw

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