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Free Southern Theater (1985)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1985-12-15

Duration: 00:08:31

Subjects: Arts | African American theater | Civil Rights


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • O'Neal, John Interviewee
  • Derby, Doris Interviewee


This segment from the December 15, 1985, episode of the series “Folks” features Rob Hinton’s visit to a conference in New Orleans on the history of the Free Southern Theater, an African American theater group that toured the South from 1963-1980 and was connected with the Civil Rights Movement. He interviews co-founders John O’Neal and Doris Derby. It also features a clip of a touring group from the Black Liberated Arts Center in Oklahoma City performing O’Neal’s play, “Where is the Blood of Your Fathers?”