OFFICER CLEMMONS: A Special Evening with Dr. François S. Clemmons

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July 10, 2021 • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


OFFICER CLEMMONS: A Special Evening with Dr. François S. Clemmons

Saturday, July 10 at 7pm EDT
The home of Samuel Clemens is delighted to welcome Officer Clemmons! When he created the role of Officer Clemmons on the award–winning television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, François Clemmons made history as the first African American actor to have a recurring role on a children’s program. A new, wide world opened for Clemmons—but one that also required him to make painful personal choices and sacrifices. Officer Clemmons details Clemmons’s incredible life story, beginning with his early years in Alabama and Ohio, marked by family trauma and loss, through his studies as a music major at Oberlin College, where Clemmons began to investigate and embrace his homosexuality, to a chance encounter with Fred Rogers that changed the whole course of both men’s lives, leading to a deep, spiritual friendship and mentorship spanning nearly forty years.

From New York to Russia, Berlin to California, Grammy Award–winner Clemmons has performed for audiences around the world and remains a beloved figure. Evocative and intimate, and buoyed by its author’s own vivacious, inimitable energy, Officer Clemmons chronicles a historical and enlightening life and career of a man who has brought joy to millions of adults and children, across generations and borders.
Join us for this special virtual fundraising event! 
$20 tickets benefit The Mark Twain House & Museum by REGISTERING HERE.
Virtual admission included with Writers Weekend Registration. Details coming soon!
Signed copies of Officer Clemmons are available for purchase through the Mark Twain Store; proceeds benefit The Mark Twain House & Museum. Books will be shipped after the event. We regret that we are NOT able to ship books outside the United States as it is cost-prohibitive to do so.
Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are made possible in part by support from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, and the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign and its Travelers Arts Impact Grant program, with major support from The Travelers Foundation.


July 10, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


The Mark Twain House & Museum
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