Parkersburg native to bring black history play back to hometown

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - A Parkersburg native is bringing a play about black history back to her hometown.

Susan Sylvia originally wrote "Be Still and Know That He is God" for the 2012 Women's Day Program at St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Charleston, West Virginia. After it gained popularity, the play made stops in Parkersburg several times. Next weekend, it will return.

The musical showcases the journey of African Americans from past to present. It begins in Africa prior to the beginning of slavery and ends in the present-day corporate world. The title comes from the scripture, Psalm 46:10.

The play will take place Saturday, February 17th at 3 p.m. at Zion Baptist Church, located at the corner of 8th and Clay Streets in Parkersburg.

Reverend Dr. Charles Grays says this is an opportunity to bring the community together.

"That's the main purpose of it," he said.

"I'm hoping that we will be reminded of our ancestry the fact that we have excelled and we have something to be proud of and that we should be coming together as the people of God and worshiping and that God has blessed us to be able to do it here that we're able to invite others in to this particular place."

The church has been around since 1866. Dr. Grays became pastor in September 2007.

The play is free of charge.

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