My father ran from his past the moment he was born. He had no choice in the matter, he was conceived out of wedlock. So as an infant he had to leave his birth place of St. Matthews, South Carolina to be raised with relatives in Philadelphia.
Eventually, my Dad ran from Philly too. He enlisted in the Army at the age of 17. His first assignment: Thule, Greenland. Two tours of Vietnam later he met my Mom in Japan. He convinced her to run with him to California. That was where I entered the picture.
I grew up with no clue where I was from. My Dad was no help – his info was spotty too. After all, he had been running his entire life.
I met my second cousin, Burnice when I was a teenager. The best way to describe her is that she was the family chronicler. She taught me about my family history. She was a Friday and she taught me that I was a Friday too. My great great great grandfather was a slave. His father was a slave owner. His mother was a slave from West Africa. We were Fridays.
In his most deeply personal project yet, Zeigler will travel back in time to tell the story of forbidden love, fractured lines and complex legacies, featuring music by Courtney Bryant.
We Were Fridays was created in collaboration with Daniel Bernard Roumain and Courtney Bryan.