This month, “Rockville Reports” hears from Connie Robinson, who recently performed “A Walk of Faith That Should Never be Forgotten” at the Rockville Senior Center for Black History Month. Connie, a city temp, can be found at the front desks of several Rockville facilities.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Connie relocated to Maryland eight years ago.
Tell us more about your passion!
I’m a re-enactment performer. I’ve performed and written several scripts in a variety of venues throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland. My performances have been in schools, universities, nursing homes and museums, and once at a county jail in Pittsburgh, where I received a standing ovation from the audience.
What is “A Walk of Faith That Should Never be Forgotten”?
It’s the story of the 217-mile, 11-day walk that hundreds of enslaved folks made, from Maryland to Pittsburgh, on their journey to freedom. z
I portray Mrs. Mary Peck Bond, an abolitionist and business woman, who worked alongside of her poppa, Mr. John Peck, who was a conductor on the Underground Railroad, in 1847.
Together they worked with other famous abolitionists from Maryland, such as Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass and Francis Harper. With their help, Rose Weems, whose family was enslaved right here in Rockville, dressed as a man and escaped to freedom.
That sounds not only fun, but historically valuable.
Reenacting Peck Bond’s character and sharing stories from the past is truly my passion! I love sharing the stories and passing them down to the next generations of African-Americans. I don’t want them to forget the courageous people who paved the way for folks like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and others who get all the attention — the ones whose legacies should be honored as well!
Watch Rockville 11’s feature on Connie Robinson at www.youtube.com/cityofrockville.