Sheri Bailey's voice is best described as poetic realism. Winner of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and numerous other awards, her work will be housed at the Huntington Library. She's written over 20 plays that include comedy, drama and history. Several of her plays have been adapted to screenplays that have been optioned by the likes of Halle Berry and Jasmine Guy. Sheri founded the Juneteenth Festival Company upon her return home to Virginia in the late 1990's. Juneteenth celebrates the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of slavery in America. The "history plays" are based on research of her Tidewater-Hampton Roads, VA local history as it pertains to how slavery started and ended in America. The history plays are written with the goal of creating a safe space for public conversations about this difficult history that has, until now, been left out of the history books. Her mission is to help America heal from the wounds of slavery without shame or blame.