One-woman show on Elizabeth Fry

SANTA FE, N.M. — The South Santa Fe Quaker Worship Group is presenting a one-woman show on prison reformer Elizabeth Fry at 4 p.m. Sunday at Garrett’s Desert Inn, 311 Old Santa Fe Trail.

The free performance is appropriate for adults and older school age children, according to the presenters.

“A Visit With Elizabeth Fry: 1780-1845” is interpreted by Roena Oesting.

As part of the program, audience members will be invited to share their experiences in jail as visitors or inmates.

Elizabeth Fry worked to improve conditions at Newgate Prison in England, which was overcrowded and filthy. Her work there led to reforms, not just at Newgate, but in prisons, insane asylums, hospitals and poorhouses throughout England.

An opponent of capital punishments, she was a popular speaker and wrote several books and pamphlets about prison conditions.


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