Mariah Brown

 MARIAH BROWN
Solo Play by Sandra Riley

 

The Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove is reviving Sandra Riley's play to celebrate its anniversary. For the past 126 years, the Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove (formerly the Housekeepers’ Club) has dedicated its efforts to the well-being of the community. From its earliest days, the Club presented concerts and plays to raise money for community projects.
It is not surprising that the Woman’s Club, in association with Crystal Parrot, invites us all to sit around the fireplace and celebrate the pioneer history of Coconut Grove.

Playwright and historian Sandra Riley has been an active member of the Club since 2003, serving on its Archives Team. Performed throughout Miami-Dade County by Miami actor Laverne Lewis in 2003-2008, Mariah Brown is revived by popular stage performer and gospel singer Lynn Terez Davis-Nixon, who will be bringing the role from Nassau, Bahamas.

The play is directed by Rowena Poitier-Sutherland, who serves as the Minister of Culture for the Bahamas. Rowena is very fond of Sandra Riley’s work and intends to tour "Mariah Brown" throughout the Bahamas.

This performance pays tribute to the descendants of all pioneers. A reception will follow, allowing a unique opportunity to meet Bahamian actress Lynn Terez Davis-Nixon, Miami playwright Sandra Riley, other local historians as well as to enjoy fellowship among members of the Coconut Grove and West Village communities and celebrate the Club’s Founders Day.


Mariah Brown
by Sandra Riley


Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 7PM
The Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove
2985 South Bayshore Drive, 33133

$50 (Preferred Seating)
$30 (General Admission)


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This solo drama is based on the life of African-Bahamian pioneer Mariah Brown.
Born in North Eleuthera, Bahamas, Mariah emigrated to Key West, Florida
with her three daughters prior to 1885 and worked as a washerwoman.

When Charles and Isabella Peacock discovered her there and offered her a job,
Mariah moved her family to Cocoanut Grove.  Her Bahamian friends soon followed,
and the Peacock Inn became the hub of a flourishing settlement.

Mariah participated in community efforts with Isabella Peacock,
Flora McFarlane, Kirk and Mary Munroe, and Commodore Ralph Munroe
to establish local churches, schools, and libraries in Cocoanut Grove.

By 1890, Mariah had purchased her own property and built a house,
which still stands amid refurbishment - over one hundred years later -
on Historic Charles Avenue, only one block from the Coconut Grove Playhouse.

Today, The Coconut Grove Collaborative, Coconut Grove Historic Cemetery Assoc.,
UM School of Architecture, Villagers, Village West Homeowners & Tenants Assoc.,
Ecumenical Network and other organizations are actively pursuing the preservation of
the Island District that grew from the seeds planted on Charles Avenue by Mariah Brown.  

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PAST PERFORMANCES OF MARIAH BROWN:

 

EXPLORING AUTHENTIC MIAMI WITH MARIAH BROWN
June 27, 28 & 30, 2003
The Ransom Everglades Pagoda
3575 Main Highway

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COCONUT GROVE CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH
February 18, 2004
The Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove
2985 South Bayshore Drive
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PLAY CELEBRATES WEST GROVE PIONEER
May 22 & 23, 2004
Coconut Grove Playhouse, Encore Room
3500 Main Highway
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COCONUT GROVE CELEBRATES EARTH DAY
April 21-22, 2007
Historic Vizcaya Village Garage
3250 South Miami Avenue

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Mariah Brown Reception at the Womans' Club of Coconut Grove
Mariah Brown's great-granddaughter Delores Williams Anderson (right),
and her son Charles Bethel Jr. (left) with actress Laverne Lewis (center)

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Mariah Brown Reception at the Womans' Club of Coconut Grove
(From left to right:) Actress Laverne Lewis, Leona Cooper-Baker,
Lilian Hutchinson, Playwright & Director Sandra Riley,
Production Manger Travis Neff, and Enid Pickney

        

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Rebuilding Mariah Brown's House

In the future, residents of Coconut Grove may see the Mariah Brown House evolve
into an interactive museum, which would serve as an educational resource for
Miami-Dade County Schools and a tourist attraction for national and international visitors.

An important project such as this has had the support of Miami-Dade County Commissioner
Carlos A. Gimenez and City of Miami Commissioner Mark Sarnoff, because small museums like this one
(and the Bethel House in Perrine) remind residents of their heritage and cultural roots.
They are wonderful teaching tools for our children and community visitors.