Rutherford's Travels
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Combining movement, music and Johnson’s story, Rutherford’s Travels is a tale told through Rutherford Calhoun’s 1830s journal log entries. Calhoun, a newly freed Illinois slave and exceptionally learned scoundrel, travels to New Orleans where he escapes his debtors and a forced marriage by stowing away on an outbound rigger named The Republic. But The Republic isn’t just any ship; it is a slave ship and it’s headed to Africa.