Our Projects

img_2723The Workshop, written by Nyack attorney, playwright, Alice Crowe was among 40 plays in 4 days at the annual Atlanta Black Theatre Festival. The Workshop was a main stage production at the prestigious Ray Charles Performing Arts Center on the historic campus of Morehouse College in Atlanta GA. The Workshop won Festival Favorite Award for a staged reading 2014.


A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald is the launch of Crowe’s Jazz On the Move Concert Series through her production company A Crowe Flyz Productions. Crowe aims to make Jazz On The Move an on-going event. This event is following Alicia’s sizzling performance in Elmwood Playhouse’s recent production of Smokin’ Joe’s Café in Nyack, New York. Pictured with Jazz vocalist and recording artist, Shirley Crabbe.

 


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Secrets of the Hollow, a documentary film.  A compelling story attempts to bring the history of African Americans into the full stream of American life. This critical story is simply an absent chapter in American history is about the human condition, dreams, obstacle and triumphs of blacks in Rockland County. The story establishes Rockland County New York as a pivotal place to American history.

A land developer wanted to dig up the bodies in the Mount Moor Cemetery, a Negro burial ground, to build a shopping center, a mega mall in West Nyack. Alicia M. Crowe was the attorney for the Mount Moor Cemetery association. She negotiated a compromise that would preserve the cemetery and the rich history and enhance the mall.

We were inspired to make a film that presents the untold story of blacks in Rockland County. map_of_rockland_county

For the first time, we reveal the hidden history of blacks in Rockland County’s since the 1600’s. We examine through experts the extraordinary and ordinary background, struggles, and contributions of blacks in Rockland. The films name is derived from the community, called Skunk Hollow, where free blacks lived and was founded by a former enslaved African, Jack Earnest located along the New York, New Jersey state line that existed sixty years before slavery was abolished in New Jersey. Jack was called Earnest because he was so determined to be free.

Identical twin attorneys, Alice and Alicia Crowe take viewers on a personal odyssey to uncover the hidden history of blacks in Rockland County. As they piece together remnants of a community that existed prior to the Civil War, they gradually discover their own legacy.

This compelling story attempts to bring the history of African Americans into the full stream of American life. This critical story is simply an absent chapter in American history is about the human condition, dreams, obstacle and triumphs of blacks in Rockland County. The story establishes Rockland County New York as a pivotal place to American history.

94soldiers-3Secrets of the Hollow, is the untold story of the extraordinary and ordinary struggles, and contributions of blacks in Rockland since the 1600’s. The films name is derived from the community, called Skunk Hollow, founded by a former enslaved man named Jack Earnest. Skunk Hollow is a community located along the New York, New Jersey state line that existed sixty years before slavery was abolished in New Jersey. Over 100 free black families lived in Skunk Hollow until 1905. They sought a life of freedom, independence and a place of their own.

Today, thanks to Dr. Jacqueline Holland, author, educator, historian and co-founder of the African American Historical Society of Rockland County, there’s a marker to identify the accomplishments of Jack Earnest and the Closter Mountain Community. One can see remnants of what once might have been. But the story of his journey has not been told, nor has the story of others who came after him to live a life of freedom and the American dream.