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Whistle In Mississippi

By Celeste Bedford Walker

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Camp Logan,tells the story of the black decorated veterans from the 24th United States Infantry Regiment who were executed after clashing with the white townspeople whereby the harassment of the soldiers led to the revolts of 1917 that took place in Houston, TX. Celeste Bedford-Walker’s play received raved reviews when it premiered at the Victoria Five Theatre in New York City in 1994.

The men of the 24th Infantry (an all Black regiment) had fought bravely on behalf of the United States and received a distinguished record. They served in the Mexican-American dispute against Pancho Villa in Cuba under Teddy Roosevelt and in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War. Many of the men were 20-year veterans, yet less than four months after returning from service, thirteen soldiers from the 24th were hanged without appeal or review under sentence by the largest court-martial ever convened in the United States.

“Camp Logan” brings to light these events and explores what led to one of the worst race revolts in US history and the only riot in which more whites were killed than blacks. This is an American History lesson that cannot be missed.

The play has an all male cast of six soldiers and their white captain. Run time is 2 hours and 15 minutes. An abbreviated yet powerful 60 minute version is also available.



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