Youth performers with Writer's Block Ink will give an encore presentation their summer performance this weekend.
The organization will put on two performances of "Wealth in Skin: Creative Historical Freedom Stories" on Sunday. The shows will begin at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Hempsted Houses, and a reception will follow the second performance.
The acts were written by members of the youth organization and performed during the summer. They include short scenes, singing, spoken word, and poetry. The hip hop dance group WTO (We Are the Ones) will also make a special appearance.
The Hempsted Houses, which are managed by Connecticut Landmarks, are open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. through October. They are currently featuring an exhibit of research and writings conducted by Writer's Block Ink students ("The Boys on the Block") on Adam Jackson, a slave who lived in the Joshua Hempsted House, as well as other African-American figures in the New London area and the history of slavery in Connecticut.
The performances are free, but there is a suggested donation of $5 to benefit Writer's Block Ink and Connecticut Landmarks. Tours of the Hempsted Houses will be available at a discounted rate.