Leroi Jones' (Amiri Baraka)'s play 'Slave Ship' is both historical and historic in that it gave white audiences a chance to see black theatre as they had never before seen it. Slave Ship: A Historical Pageant, a one-act play was first performed and produced by The Spirit House Movers in Newark, New Jersey in 1967. It had first appeared in the Negro Digest in the April theater special issue of the same year. In a concurrent article titled, 'What the Arts Need Now,' published in the same issue, Jones argued that plays by black writers should 'Show the chains. Let them see the chains as object and subject, and let them see the chains fall away.'
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