Yesterday’s First Sunday Lecture was entitled Susie King Taylor: An African-American Woman’s Civil War Experience. It was presented by Mary Wallace Moore, Smyrna Public Library Director.
In 1902, native Georgian, Susie King Taylor published a memoir of her experiences as a newly freed slave working for African-American Federal Troops during the Civil War. Mrs. Taylor provided a window into camp life from a unique perspective. Re-visiting Mrs. Taylor's memoir is an excellent way to celebrate this year's theme for African-American History Month -- "African Americans in Times of War."
Mary Moore has been the director of Smyrna Library for five years. Mrs. Moore ran across a mention of Susie King Taylor while reading online. Surprised that she had never heard of Mrs. Taylor before, Mrs. Moore began researching Mrs. Taylor's life and work.
The First Sunday Lecture series is sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library and Smyrna Library.