During one weekend interpretation a visitor was in tears as I portrayed Cate Sharper and told how her son was sold to a neighboring farm. The visitor’s real tears showed me the impact of bringing history to life and the responsibility I have to tell the truth and be authentic when portraying Cate Sharper.
Seeing how the life of people who are long gone impact the visitors of today. Giving them a 1770 experience and how it makes them appreciate what they take for granted today.
A sheep, sometimes quiet but always present.
Shemika Berry is the new Interpretation Coordinator. She is a former Air Force Officer turned actress and makeup artist. She has portrayed Cate Sharper at the National Colonial Farm for several years. Shemika believes bringing history to life makes it more relatable to the audience. She has presented first person historical interpretation at local schools for over 15 years for Black History Month and other special events. She was a featured actor in “The Choice” about the enslaved people of Sotterley Plantation in St. Mary’s County during the War of 1812.