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Black History Month - Living History Presentation : African American Women During the Civil War
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They were young and old, sisters, mothers, and grandmothers. Some were well-to-do, others were slaves. All resolved to be a part of the War that would ultimately determine the status of the Black man in America.

This talk focuses on women of African descent-Susie King Taylor who nursed with Clara Barton; Elizabeth Keckley, dressmaker and confidant to Mary Todd Lincoln; Charlotte Forten, college graduate and first African American to teach freed slaves in the south, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and others-and their unique contributions to the war effort.

Dr. Annette Jefferson discusses how such women, without access to political power and often lacking material and/or financial resources, acted with strength of character and will to make meaningful contributions to the war that impacted the world and changed a nation.

From the Museum Gallery of the Ohio Statehouse, 02-28-2013.
February 28, 2013