Aunt Betty and Fort Stevens

Cleveland Park Library

Aunt Betty and Fort Stevens

Local film producer Marvin T. Jones will screen his documentary "Aunt Betty and Fort Stevens," telling the story of Elizabeth Proctor Thomas, a free African-American woman who owned land in Washington, D.C., the story of a free woman of color who, despite losing her farm during the Civil War, becomes a heroine in her Washington, D.C. community.  At one the worst moments in her life she was comforted by Abraham Lincoln.

After the film, Mr. Jones will lead a discussion about Ms. Thomas's life and the origin of Lincoln-Thomas Day.  Historical re-reactor Patricia Tyson will appear as Ms. Thomas's niece.

The documentary screening is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 22.

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