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Debra Conner presents historical portrayal of Dr. Mary Edwards Walker
Parkersburg, W.Va. 3/7/13 – In celebration of Women’s History Month, West Virginia University at Parkersburg will host Debra Conner as she presents a historical portrayal of Dr. Mary Edwards Walker (1832-1919).
The event takes place at the following locations:
During the Civil War, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker served as an assistant surgeon in the Union Army, becoming the only woman to do so. In 1865, President Andrew Johnson awarded her the Congressional Medal of Honor for her devotion to tending sick and wounded soldiers. She remains the only woman to receive that honor. Walker also drew attention for her unconventional attire. An advocate of dress reform, she wore men’s trousers, a frock coat and a top hat. Throughout her life, she campaigned for women’s rights.
An experienced performer, Conner has taken her portrayals all over the country to such places and events as the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Forbes Gallery in New York City and at the Lewis and Clark Commemorative Celebration in Charlottesville, Va. In 2009, she portrayed Margaret Mitchell at the Margaret Mitchell/Gone with the Wind Museum in Atlanta.
This presentation is co-sponsored by WVU Parkersburg’s Social Justice Committee, the Social Sciences and Languages division, and the WVU Parkersburg Humanities Speakers Series.
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