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Mary Fields was born a slave in 1832 in Tennessee. She was a feisty frontierswoman who lived by her wits and her strength. In 1895 she worked as a U.S. mail coach driver for the Cascade County region of central Montana. She was the first black woman mail carrier who never missed a day delivering the mail for the next 10 years thereby earning her the nickname of "Stagecoach", for her unfailing reliability.

Edmonia Lewis, born around 1845 was the first African American and Native American woman to gain fame and recognition as a sculptor. She often sculpted those she considered her heroes such as the abolitionists and Civil war heroes. Several of her sculptures are housed at the Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

Wilma Rudolph was born with polio and was plagued by illness throughout her childhood. She overcame her health challenges and became the fastest woman in the world. She made history by becoming the first American woman to win 3 gold medals in the Olympic games in Rome, Italy.

Bessie Coleman was the first black to earn an international pilot?s license. This daredevil aviator was born in a one-room cabin in Atlanta, Texas. Unable to find anyone willing to teach her to fly in America Bessie saved her money, learned French in night school and traveled to Paris, France where she received her pilot?s license from the prestigious Federation Aeronautique Internationale in 1921.

Harriet Tubman was born into slavery around 1820 on a plantation in Maryland. Harriet escaped the bonds of slavery in the summer of 1849 via the "Underground Railroad." Harriet, often referred to as the "Moses" of her people, made 19 trips back down south and led over 300 slaves to freedom. She was a brave and courageous woman who risked her own life countless times to rescue others.

Ida B. Wells (1862-1931) Wells was born the daughter of slaves in Holly Springs, Mississippi. a newspaper editor and journalist who went on to lead the American anti-lynching crusade by documenting lynching across the country thereby raising awareness and challenging alleged white "superiority."

Barbara Jordan, the first black U.S. congresswoman from the deep South, defended the cause of the poor and promoted civil rights legislation during her six years as a representative of Texas. Noted for her eloquent speaking style she was a Democratic representative from Houston to the U.S. House of Representatives from 1973 to 1979.

Artist wears period costumes and this program is highlighted by music and a slide presentation of the various women.

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