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The Trial of Moses Fleetwood Walker

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Written by Ervin Gardner
Directed by Jackie Taylor
Previews February 7, 8, 13 and 14
Opening February 15th
Closes March 15th
Running Thursdays - 7:30
Fridays – 8:00 – Saturday 3:00 and 8:00 Sundays 3:00

When you ask who was the first Black major league baseball player most people would say – Jackie Robinson and most people would be wrong.   The first Black baseball player was Moses Fleetwood Walker and he played for the Toledo Blue Stocking in 1884 in the major leagues.  However this is not a story about baseball.  This is the trial of a Black man who was as popular in his time as Michael Jordan is in ours.   Moses is accused of murdering a white man in a time when Blacks were traditionally lynched without a trial for far less crimes such as looking directly in the eyes of a white man.   This is a powerful true story and speaks directly to the mission of the Black Ensemble Theater – to eradicate racism.