Event and Program Details

Thursday, July 15, 7:00 p.m. @ The Actors Guild Theatre (724 Market St. Parkersburg, West Virginia)


Ilene Evans


Behind Enemy Lines: Harriet Tubman in the Civil War - The Port Royal Experiment Ilene Evans, Davis WV, dancer, historian, teacher, storyteller and creator of General Moses: Stories from the Life of Harriet Tubman, will tell us about one of her favorite subjects. 






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Ilene Evans performs, teaches, and lectures throughout the United States and overseas.  She received her B.A from Trinity College in Deerfield, Illinois and studied theater and dance at the University of Wisconsin.  She received her Masters Degree at East Tennessee State with an emphasis in storytelling.  She has performed and taught dance, choreography, storytelling, vocal technique and African American cultural arts at the Academy of Movement and Music in Oak Park, Ill. and The Whirlwind Performance Company, in Chicago, Ill.  She has a passion for history and in 1991 she developed several presentations about Harriet Tubman—General Moses: Stories from the Life of Harriett Tubman and Behind Enemy Lines: Harriet Tubman in the Civil War, which she is sharing with us this evening through the West Virginia Humanities Council's History Alive! program.  


Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in Maryland but escaped through the Underground Railroad in 1849.  She became the most famous leader of that network, aiding slaves in their escape to free states and Canada.  When the Civil War erupted her underground experiences and knowledge of covert operations made her an invaluable resource to the ill-fated assault of Fort Wagner by the 54th Massachusetts in South Carolina.


The meeting will share brief updates about our Fall 2021 South Carolina Field Trip which will feature several significant Revolutionary and Civil War period sites in South Carolina.  The field trip will depart from Marietta and Parkersburg on Wednesday, November 3,2021 and return on November 6, 2021.


Fully-vaccinated guests are not required to wear face coverings.


The public is welcome and there is no cost to attend.  Small donations will be accepted to defray the cost of this event.



Thank you for your support and please pose any questions to Leight Murray at Lmurray5154@gmail.com or 740 706 2575.


A rare photograph of a young Harriett Tubman was discovered in 2019 among a private collection of photographs and is currently displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. 

Ilene Evans, an accomplished performer, storyteller, dancer and vocalist, will portray Harriett Tubman at the next regular meeting of the Civil War Round Table at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 15, at the Actors Guild in Parkersburg.