Tammy Denease

About Tammy Denease

Tammy Denease was born in Columbus, Mississippi where she spent countless hours with her great-grandmother and grandmother. As a teaching and performing artist, Tammy brings to life historical figures to teach about diversity and activism. 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, 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), Sarah Margu (Amistad captive) and Elizabeth “MumBet” Freeman – one minute a free woman. Belinda Royall - Compelled to Servitude. Tammy Denease performs in different settings including inter-district school assemblies. 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 Connecticut, USA.

Grade Levels

4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8

Art Forms


Curriculum Focuses

English Social Studies

Program Formats

In-School Performance In-School Workshop


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