Heritage group takes Natchez story to Dallas

Published 12:30 am Sunday, November 25, 2018


DALLAS — A piece of Natchez history made its way to Dallas on Saturday afternoon, during the Miss-Lou Heritage Group’s first production to be taken on the road.

Cast members in the group traveled to the Pan African Connection bookstore in Dallas to portray the story of Isabella and Prince Abdulrahman Ibrahim Ibn Sori, who were enslaved for nearly 40 years in Adams County, said Jeremy Houston, the director of Miss-Lou Heritage Group and Tours.

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“We’re doing this to showcase Natchez to different parts of the South,” Houston said, “and showing people the history of the African Americans and their contribution to our nation’s history.”

The show, which runs approximately 40 minutes, features Randy Minor as the Prince and Shabilla Minor as Isabella.

Shabilla Minor said approximately 20 people came to see Saturday’s performance, including a few familiar faces from Natchez.

Minor said she is the seventh-generation granddaughter of the real Isabella and telling her story is like discovering her past.

“Being a part of this production has really inspired me and helped me to learn about my past in a way that unexplainable,” Minor said. “It gave me a sense of myself and helps me to understand what my family has gone through. … I’m hoping this will inspire other people to learn about their past and their culture, too.”