Fearless Mary: Mary Fields, American Stagecoach Driver

Fearless Mary: Mary Fields, American Stagecoach Driver

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Series: Picture Book Biographies, 19th Century
Tag: Episode 122
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Publication Year: 2019
ASIN: 0807523054
ISBN: 0807523054

A little-known but fascinating and larger-than-life character, Mary Fields is one of the unsung, trailblazing African American women who helped settle the American West. A former slave, Fields became the first African American woman stagecoach driver in 1895, when, in her 60s, she beat out all the c...

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A little-known but fascinating and larger-than-life character, Mary Fields is one of the unsung, trailblazing African American women who helped settle the American West. A former slave, Fields became the first African American woman stagecoach driver in 1895, when, in her 60s, she beat out all the cowboys applying for the job by being the fastest to hitch a team of six horses. She won the dangerous and challenging job, and for many years traveled the badlands with her pet eagle, protecting the mail from outlaws and wild animals, never losing a single horse or package. Fields helped pave the way for other women and people of color to become stagecoach drivers and postal workers.

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