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Not Made For This

425 Hill St., Harrisonburg, VA, Harrisonburg, VA 22802

540 908-1020

  • Presented By: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
  • Dates: September 20, 2020
  • Location: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
  • Time: 5:00 PM


Not Made For This was written by then high school student Brianna Madden-Olivares. It is based on Jourden Banks narrative. Jourden was enslaved near Elkton, Virginia. Brianna weaves his words, written by black abolitionist, James Pennington, with hers as an African American student in a predominantly white high school. This is a story of love of family, strength, perseverance and the desire for freedom. It also sheds light on the horrible truth. The breeding and selling of an enslaved people. Long hidden from view, this history needs to be brought into the light.