NEW BERN, NC (WITN) - The celebration of Black History Month will hit the stage in one eastern Carolina city in the coming weekends, as the New Bern Civic Theatre premiers a dramatic play titled "Miss Evers' Boys" this coming Friday.
The performance highlights the Tuskegee medical study performed on African American Men from 1932 -1972.
"Miss Evers' Boys" tells the story of four African American men who unknowingly become part of the Federal Government's study which denies them treatment for syphilis, also known at the time as "bad blood."
As patients all across the country were cured due to the discovery of penicillin, the men in the Tuskegee Study turned to Miss Evers as their health continued to decline throughout the program
The performance features several familiar faces to the New Bern Civic Theater. Herb Robertson plays the role of Dr. Eugne Brodus. He said, "I think it's monumental and there's a lesson behind it. We're not here to promote difference or any type of negative stigma behind it. It's more to just pretty much show that we're all equal."
Actor Chameshia Coplon who plays the role of Miss Evers talked about what makes this play important to her. "As an African American woman, having to experience some of the things that Miss Evers had to experience and what she had to go through, it really puts things into a different perspective for you, as a young black woman. and having to make some of the decisions that she made, I can't say that I would have been able to easily do that, but you know that's the power of the play," said Coplon.
"Miss Evers' Boys" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. - February 15th and 16th, as well as the 22nd and 23rd. There are also matinee performances at 2 p.m. on the 17th and 24th. You can click on the link to theater's website for ticket information.