Stagecoach Mary Fields
Born a slave in Tennessee in 1832, this tall, powerfully built woman
was ambitious, daring and liked a good fight. With no formal education,
she forged her way to Ohio and on to the Montana Territory. Declaring herself
the protector of the Ursuline nuns at St. Peter's Catholic Mission near
Cascade,Montana, Mary defended those she loved from predators on two legs
as well as four. She delivered the mail by stagecoach, never missing a
day until she was almost 80 years old. She died in Cascade in 1914.
More about Mary Fields
- Imagine the journey that Mary took from Ohio to Montana. Draw a map
showing the states that Mary would have traveled through and write a story
about what that trip might have been like.
- What additional information can you discover about the Black Feet Indians
on the Internet?
- Go to the library and get a copy of the article in Ebony magazine (October
1977 issue) about Mary Fields and share that with your class.
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