Voices of History

A talented group of Washington DC area actors brings to life the portrayals of several real persons from local history:

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln (Scott Sedar)

Scott Sedar

Using primary source material from Lincoln’s writing, speeches and letters, Mr. Lincoln can present at podium or casually address 21st century citizens in an informal setting.

John Nicolay

John Nicolay (Keegan Cassady)

Keegan Cassady

Lincoln’s devoted secretary, who often accompanies him on visits.

Anne Maria Weems

Anna Maria Weems (Lauren DuPree)

Lauren DuPree

Weems presents the riveting story of how she escaped to freedom on the Underground Railroad disguised as a coachboy at the age of 15.

Johanna Plummer

Johanna Plummer (Hilary Kacser)

Hilary Kacser

A Quaker woman struggling with the issue of manumission in 1797. This portrayal depicts some of the issues of the Quakers’ “personal abolition” in a pre-Civil War setting.

Enoch George Howard

Enoch George Howard (Harold Blackford)

Harold Blackford

A third person portrayal of prominent citizens of Montgomery County. Ex-slave and land owner Enoch George Howard established a church, school and large farm for freed African-Americans in the Sunshine, Maryland area.


Harriet Anne Howard

Harriet Howard (Andrea Jones Blackford)

Andrea Jones Blackford

A third person portrayal of prominent citizens of Montgomery County. Ex-slave Harriet Anne Howard purchased the freedom of her children in 1860 and, with her children and her husband Enoch, helped run their family farm.

Rev. Phillip Johnson

Calvin McCullough

Rev Johnson spent his life as Dr. Stephen White’s slave near White’s Ferry. He would see Civil War action in Poolesville and would recount ghost stories in the years after the war. This portrayal is taken from Library of Congress slave narratives archives.

A Fine Lady of the South

Fine Lady of the South (Claudia Dulmage)

Claudia Dulmage

Reads “Letters from Home,” highlighting a Southern woman’s view of the Civil War.


For more information about Washington Revels Voices of History, and to explore hosting a performance at your site, contact Colin Bills at cbills@revelsdc.org.