The Washington D.C. Temple Visitor’s Center will present the original play “I Am Jane” to kick off their commemoration of Black History Month this weekend on February 7th and 8th. “I Am Jane” is a play adapted from the published trilogy, Standing on the Promises, written by Margaret Young and Darius Gray. The play portrays the trials and faith of the first African American members of the Church, centering on the life of Jane Manning James.

Jane Manning James joined the church in Connecticut in the early 1840’s and migrated with her family to Nauvoo where she worked in the Prophet Joseph Smith’s own home. Later, she would leave friends and family to follow the Saints to the Salt Lake Valley. There she would raise a family and exert her faith under the biases of the day and persevere to the end of her life.

“This production is an honest and inspiring view on the life of a heroic woman in the early days of the church.” said Heather Hart, director of “I Am Jane”. “While the trials and tribulations that these Saints endured are difficult to understand, their faith is a tremendous testament to the strength of the Gospel and the reconciliation that would not be fully realized for over a hundred years later.”

Starring local performers Jesse Holt and Kelly Williams with guest artist Marvin Perkins, “I Am Jane” is being produced by the Washington D.C. Temple Visitor’s Center in conjunction with the Washington Family Theater. Admission is free to the public. Showtimes are listed below:

Friday February 7th at 7:00 pm
Saturday February 8th at 3:00 pm
Saturday February 8th at 7:00 pm