Three puppeteers stand outdoors in front of a moving panorama during a performance

Leah & the Rabbit: A Juneteenth Play at Vance Birthplace


Leah & the Rabbit: A Conversation Around Resiliency & Reclaiming Narratives – Vance Birthplace, the Mountain History & Culture Group, and the American Myth Center will partner for Juneteenth to present an afternoon of historical drama and discussion on the appropriation of African American stories, resiliency among enslaved people, and the romanticized view of the plantation past.

This three-act piece begins with a tour of the 1790s slave dwelling and reconstructed Vance house, including the contextualization of the stories of Brer Rabbit. The tour will be followed by the play, Leah & the Rabbit, which utilizes the historic tales to tell the story of Leah Erwin, an enslaved woman that lived on the Vance plantation. The program concludes with a moderated discussion on the play, the perpetuation of the Lost Cause mentality, and the reclaiming of our collective histories.

The program is free and will include two showings on June 17th at 11:00 am 1:00 pm. Each performance will run approximately an hour and a half. Seating is limited and registration is strongly encouraged! Click the Register button to reserve your seat using Eventbrite.

The American Myth Center is a non-profit organization in Asheville whose mission is to curate stories that spark necessary conversation within our community.