Free event. Register [email protected] Sponsored by the Brunswick Arts Council and the Southport Historical Society.
Friday 2/19, 6pm: “An evening with Mary Ann Cord”, performed by Ms. Carolyn Evans*. Born into slavery in Maryland, Mary Cord had lost her husband and seven children when the family was broken up and sold around 1852, only to be miraculously reunited, thirteen years later, with her youngest son, Henry, then a soldier in the Union army. Henry, who had escaped to Elmira before the Civil War and became a barber, brought his mother back with him when he resumed his career there.
Her experience is recounted in Mark Twain’s “A True Story, Repeated Word for Word as I Heard It” (1874), in which he called Mary Cord “Aunt Rachel.” *Actress, Carolyn Evans first heard this story at the Black USCT Convention in New Bern, North Carolina. It was told by the renowned, beloved, Author-Storyteller, Ella Joyce (EJ) Stewart.