Women of Revolutionary Courage with Storyteller Denise BennettVisit Website
Women played many roles in the American Revolution. Women of means provisioned the armies of both sides, while many poorer women followed the troops: cooking, doing laundry, or nursing the wounded and injured. Some women, however, went beyond societal restrictions.
In this program, storyteller and musician Denise Bennett tells some of their stories. Come learn about Richmond's Anna Maria Lane, who followed her husband into war and fought beside him disguised as a man; Lydia Darraugh, written off by the British as a poor little old lady but who was actually a spy; and Elizabeth Freeman, aka Mum Bett, the first African American to sue for her freedom in Massachusetts. Having listened to the words about freedom all through the Revolution, she sued for her freedom and won it in 1780. She took Freeman as her surname following the ruling. Tunes from the period accompany the stories.