The Storyteller

Tammy Denease – The Woman of Many Faces – interview on CPTV

Tammy's Great Grandmother

Tammy’s Great Grandmother

Tammy Denease was born in Columbus, Mississippi where she spent countless hours with her great-grandmother and grandmother.

Her great-grandmother was a former enslaved person and lived to be 125 and her grandmother lived to be a 100. Both were known storytellers and passed this gift along to their granddaughter.

Tammy loves history and being able to tell others about the past. In her position of Museum Educator, she instructs children through stories of Colonial History, Health, Medicine, Slavery and Native American History. In addition, she is a historical tour guide for local Colonial-American homes.

An accomplished Performing Artist, Storyteller, Actor,  and Playwright, Tammy Denease specializes in bringing to life the lives of very important, yet “hidden” women in history. Among her favorites are Bessie Coleman (first internationally licensed pilot in the world) and Elizabeth Keckly (former enslaved woman who worked at Lincoln’s White House), Margru (Amistad captive) and Elizabeth “Mum Bett” Freeman – one minute a free woman. She performs in several different forums including inter-district school. Tammy also vividly tells folktales where she takes her audience into a world in which animals set the scene for life lessons.

Tammy currently resides in China to New England.

She is a member of the following organizations:

Museum of Afro American History
Harriett Beecher Stowe Center

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