Sunday, February 2, 2014

Black History Month: Mary Fields

Mary Fields was a 6 foot tall whiskey-drinking woman with a cigar and a 12-gauge shotgun is probably not the one to tolerate any amount of nonsense. Mary Fields proved that. Born into enslavement in Tennessee, she spent her life performing heavy labor and eventually moved out west to Montana when she was 52. There she breezed through a series of odd jobs but in 1895, she found a home for her special set of skills and signature toughness with the postal service. She delivered in any weather, across any terrain, earning the nickname “Stagecoach Mary” and inadvertently helping along the advancement of the rural area she serviced. Source (Essence)

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