Dr. Lois Leveen, author of *The Secrets of Mary Bowser,* will give a Black History Month lecture at the University of Detroit-Mercy on Tuesday, Feb. 12.
Leveen's award-winning novel is based on the true story of an African American woman who sacrificed her own freedom to change the course of history. Mary Bowser was born a slave in Richmond, Virginia. Freed and educated in the North, she returned to the South and spied for the Union, by posing as a slave to the family of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. The novel interweaves historical events and real people to introduce readers to little known aspects of American history, including the lives of free and enslaved blacks in industrialized, antebellum Richmond; the vibrant African American community in antebellum Philadelphia; the conflicts that arose among abolitionists of both races; and the Union underground that operated in the Confederate capital throughout the war.
The event is free and open to the public; it will begins at 7 p.m in UDM's Commerce & Finance Building, room 209. It is co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts & Education, Departments of English and History, as well as the African American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies Programs. This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from Poets & Writers Inc. Detroit.
Rosemary Weatherston, associate professor of English,
University of Detroit Mercy
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