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Mrs. Thomas lost her farm but her country gained a hero.

September 22, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Elizabeth Proctor Thomas, 1824 - 1917.
Elizabeth Proctor Thomas, 1824 – 1917.
The film “Aunt Betty and Fort Stevens,” tells the story of Elizabeth Proctor Thomas, a Free Woman of Color who, despite losing her farm during the Civil War, becomes a heroine in her Washington, D.C. community.  At one the worst moments in her life, she is comforted by Abraham Lincoln.   Mrs. Proctor went to serve the fort that replaced her farm and livestock, even during the Battle of Fort Stevens in July 1864.  Her story is told by Mrs. Thomas’ niece.  “Aunt Betty…” is a production of DCTV, the public access network of Washington.

Following the film, film producer Marvin T. Jones and re-enactor Patricia Tyson and will tell more about Mrs. Thomas’ life.  Since 1922, Lincoln-Thomas Day has been celebrated in Washington, D.C. Images of recent observance of the Battle of Fort Stevens will be shown.  Chowan Discovery thanks the DC Public Library for the invitation to present the film.

Note: Patricia Tyson will appear as Hallie Queen Brown who knew Mrs. Thomas

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Date:
September 22, 2016
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Organizer

Chowan Discovery
Phone:
202.236.2030
Website:
http://chowandiscovery.org

Venue

Cleveland Park Neighborhood Public Library
3310 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, 20008 United States
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Phone:
(202) 282-3080
Website:
http://dclibrary.org/clevelandpark