StoryTown radio show will feature musical guest Ubunibi-Afia Short

Contributing photo • Short film Ubunibi-Afia

From staff reports

The StoryTown radio show will celebrate Black History Month on Monday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at the McKinney Center in a production that will feature stories and skits about the lives and contributions of local African Americans in Jonesborough and throughout the East Tennessee area, all drawn from oral histories collected through the StoryTown initiative.

The fascinating lives of regional citizens Mary Katherine Williams, Mary Alexander, Alfred Greenlee, Nancy Robinson, Pastor Danny Johnson and many more will be featured on stage by the cast of the radio show.

Special, seen most recently in Anne G’Fellers-Mason’s one-woman show “Nancy”, and in the original musical “Welcome to Marfa”. Short, who first appeared on StoryTown last year, wowed audiences with her moving rendition of Nina Simone’s “I’m Feeling Good.”

Tickets are $10 and are available online at or by calling the Jonesborough Visitor Center at (423) 753-1010. Season passes for this year’s StoryTown radio show are also on sale. A pass guarantees a spot at this popular event, which often sells out in advance.

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

The award-winning Jonesborough StoryTown radio show and podcast is interpreted as a story-filled radio performance of yesteryear at the McKinney Center. The production airs on local public radio station 89.5 FM the last Wednesday of the month, with bi-monthly podcasts on These productions celebrate the culture, history and stories of the people of Jonesborough and the southern Appalachian region. Since 2011, the show has been performed by a multicultural cast of local actors, storytellers and musicians, creating an audio patchwork of what it’s like to be at home in the mountains of Tennessee.

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