Tolton: From Slave to Priest


Tolton: From Slave to Priest, a national touring theater production, is scheduled to appear in Peoria and Peru, IL on September 9th and 10th. This poignant play narrates the inspiring journey of Augustus Tolton, a historic Black figure who rose from slavery to become America’s first Black priest. His remarkable story holds significant historical and cultural importance.
Tolton’s life resonates deeply with the Illinois community, as he began his ministry at his home parish in Quincy and later served in Chicago. The production has already impacted over 60,000 individuals in 26+ states across the U.S. and has earned praise for its powerful storytelling, music, and performances. Notably, accomplished actor Jim Coleman, known for his roles in “My Brother and Me,” “Ant Man,” and more, portrays Fr. Tolton.


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