Confederate White House welcomes Union spies
Saturday 4/6, 3:30 pm
Leading Civil War scholars discuss Mary Bowser and Bet Van Lew
As part of a day-long commemoration of the Civil War/Emancipation 150th, the Museum of the Confederacy and the Future of Richmond's Past present "Union Spies in Richmond, the Difference Between Fact and Fiction." Moderated by Dr. Edward L. Ayers (president of the University of Richmond) and featuring Dr. Elizabeth Varon (professor of history at the University of Virginia) and Dr. Lois Leveen (author of THE SECRETS OF MARY BOWSER), the program explores the life and legend of Mary Elizabeth Bowser, a former slave who became a Union spy in the Confederate White House, as part of the pro-Union underground ring run by Bet Van Lew.
In addition, Virginia State University in Petersburg will host a lecture by Dr. Leveen on Monday, 4/8, at 5 pm.
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