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'African American Women during the Civil War' presented at Ohio University Lancaster

LANCASTER, Ohio (Feb. 5, 2007) -- They were young and old, rich and poor, sisters, mothers, and grandmothers. They resolved to be part of the war that would ultimately determine the status of the Black man in America.  Annette Jefferson will discuss these courageous women at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in the Wilkes Gallery for the Visual Arts at Ohio University Lancaster Campus. 

The public is invited to learn about women of African descent, women such as Susie King Taylor, who worked 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 who contributed to our history.

Jefferson, who holds a master?s degree in Black Studies and a doctorate in Social Work, will discuss how these women, without access to political power and often lacking material and/or financial resources, acted with the strength of character and will to make meaningful contributions to the war that impacted the world and changed a nation.                                                                                               

The presentation, sponsored by the Ohio University Lancaster Campus Cultural Events Committee and The Ohio Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, is free and open to the public.

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Media Contact: Cultural Events Committee Chair Patrick Munhall at 740-654-6711, ext. 659

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