Jackie Murray is a professional actress and singer living in Memphis, TN. She has appeared on stage at The Hattiloo Theatre, where she was most recently in “Simply Simone,” a musical about the life of singer/activist Nina Simone. She has also appeared on stage at DeSoto Family Theatre (Muzzy in “Thoroughly Modern Millie”), Playhouse on the Square (Motormouth Maybelle in “Hairspray”) and at The Harrell Theatre (Tituba in “The Crucible”). She is represented by DS Entertainment and can also be seen in several local TV commercials and films. She penned her first one woman show, “Harriet Tubman: One Woman’s Journey,” after The Imperial Dinner Theatre in Pocahontas, Arkansas, requested that she do so. She relocated to Memphis from Baltimore in 2005. She is the proud mother of two and a grandmother of one. Her motto is “not pursuing your dreams is like being a bird that is afraid of heights.”
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Harriet Tubman (portrayed by Jackie Murray) leads her fellow run-away slaves (the audience) on a dangerous journey north. In Act one, we are exposed to what slavery was like in the United States and how precious the freedom we all take for granted is. This act highlights Ms. Tubman’s inner struggle with her faith while hearing the voice of God to help her in her journey. In Act two, Ms. Tubman greets her fellow freemen (again, the audience) and presents how important the Emancipation Proclamation was and how the Abolitionist Movement re-shaped our country.
This is Harriet Tubman as a living breathing human being. Her story, as told (and sung) by Jackie Murray, is one of bravery and compassion. The performance includes several moving spirituals, including “Go Down Moses” and “City Called Heaven.” The forty-five minute school show has been touring various schools in Arkansas and Tennessee where excited children (including elementary, middle and high school aged audiences) raise their hands and yearn for a chance to ask Harriet a question at the end of the show. Adult audiences have also enjoyed the full length presentation when it has been on stage at The Imperial Dinner Theatre (Pocahontas, AR), The Hattiloo Theatre (Memphis, TN), and The Salvation Army Kroc Center (Memphis, TN).
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