ABWW Heroine of the Day: Mary Bowser, The Black Spy in the Confederate White House – NYTimes.com
A great deal of popular culture embrasses the idea the black women are hyper visible. Their “natural” loudness, aggressiveness and lack of femininity makes them stand out. Actually African American women are rarely given the attention that is given to non-black women. Centuries of domestic work and devaluation have made most black women invisible .Mary Bowser used this trope to her advantage as a spy in the Confederate White House. She also led a remarkable life after the Civil War devoting her life to educated the newly freed black populace. Put this book on your Amazon wish list. There is even talk of a film version of this saga. Let’s hope an enlightened producer can see past the “films about black people are not big sellers” and give Mary Bowser the spotlight she deserves.