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Black History should be 365 days instead of 28 days a year.  Learning is continuous and I enjoy it!  Today I had a history lesson and learned that Mary Fields A.K.A. Stagecoach Mary, was the first African American woman employed as a mail carrier in the United States in 1895.  She was the second woman to work for the U.S. Postal Service.  She stood six feet tall and usually had a pistol strapped under her apron.  There are photos of her preserved.  She was born a slave, but once she got her freedom after the Civil War, she was feisty and ambitious.  She stopped mail carrier duties in her sixties, but still needed a source of income.  She opened a laundry service at the age of seventy. 
How many children do you know that are knowledgeable about Mary Fields/Stagecoach Mary?  You can use Stagecoach Mary as a teachable moment to share some history and bond at the same time.
Have you read a book for pleasure lately?  Have you read to a child lately?  Have you let a child read to you?  If not, I invite you to do one or all of the options real soon.  Reading really is FUNdamental.

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Posted on Jul 25, 2013

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