EATONTOWN: In conjunction with Black History Month, The Eatontown Historical Committee recently hosted The Story of Mary Bowser-From The Big House To The White House-A Union Spy In The Confederate White House.
Presented in character by local resident Lorraine Stone, those in attendance learned how Mary's amazing life journey would take her from being born a slave in Richmond, Virginia, to adulthood where she would seek employment at and would end up working in the Confederate White House for several years during the Civil War.
Ms. Stone told of how Mary had access to documents such as maps, troop movements, battle plans etc., that Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his Generals would be using in the planning of the Souths military strategy. Mary noted that her employers thought she was illiterate and made no effort to keep her from seeing top secret information. All the while, Mary used her "photographic memory" and would then relay important information to the Union side.
In 1995, Mary Bowser was honored by the United States Government for her work with her induction to the Military Intelligence Hall Of Fame.
Lorraine Stone brings to life historic and heroic African American Women in her performances. More information about Lorraine can be found at http://wisdomkeeper.weebly.com/about-lorraine.html