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"Remember My Name: Dinah's Story"

Written by Robert Branch

Performed by Irma Gardner-Hammond & Marissa Kennedy

The Dinah Memorial Project included an artist’s residency for Storyteller, Irma Gardner-Hammond, to augment Dinah’s story. Last year, Stenton staff connected with Robert Branch, who writes and creates stories and characters for Historic Philadelphia, Inc., and he began researching and writing a historically contextualized Dinah story, which developed into "Remember My Name".


Initially conceived as a live performance, “Remember My Name” became a COVID creation, a video by necessity, able to be widely shared. On this page, you can view a pre-recorded performance of Robert Branch’s story, performed by Irma Gardner-Hammond and Marissa Kennedy. On February 23, 2021, Stenton hosted a Zoom Panel Discussion with Bob, Irma, and Marissa. You can also view the recorded panel discussion below.

About the Panelists


Storyteller Irma Gardner-Hammond is a Past President of Keepers of the Culture and has portrayed Dinah for nearly 20 years.

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Robert Branch, writes and creates stories and characters for Historic Philadelphia, Inc. and is known for his portrayal of Octavius Catto. 


Marissa Kennedy is a theatre artist whose aesthetic is centered around engaging the imagination to inspire and give voice to promote healing and positive change.


Inequality in Bronze: Monumental Plantation Legacies has been supported by

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

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