George A. Yorkman, Jr.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

George A. Yorkman Jr., an author and playwright, takes little known historic events and makes them come alive.  George insists that writing is his life. He even goes so far as to say his need to write identifies and defines who he is as a man. George’s greatest writing challenge came when he was commissioned by the Oblate Sisters of Providence to begin research on the life and times of Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange, the founder of the first community of black nuns in the history of America. Inspired by his research, George wrote and produced a historical gospel musical drama entitled Finger of God which appeared several nights at Loyola College McManus Theater in Baltimore, MD. He was awarded an honorable Mayor’s Citation for his effort.  George also wrote and directed a series of short TV pilots titled Everybody Can!  This show promoted nonviolence and spotlighted the Baltimore City’s gun turn-in program. He received honorable mention on WMAR Channel 2, a local news station, and Arena Players, the oldest continually performing and historically African-American community theater’s annual playwright competition for his original one-act play

 

Finger Of God

In 1828, thirty-five years before the Emancipation Proclamation, Elizabeth Lange of Santiago de Cuba and her companions, who were refugees from San Dominique, operated a free school for the sole purpose of educating free students of color.  Although Maryland at the time was a slave state, it was one of the few states that allowed free Catholic students of color to receive worship and teaching. This book tells the story of that school and how God orchestrated the formation of the first community of Black nuns in the history of America.  

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