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Susie King Taylor, 1st black army nurse in Civil War: A Talk
May 15, 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Rebecca Stone Byrd from UNC-Charlotte will deliver a talk on the life and legacy of Susie King Taylor, including her connection to Roxbury.
Susie King Taylor was the first black army nurse in the Civil War and published her memoir: Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33rd United States Colored Troops.
In the 1870’s she traveled to Boston as a domestic servant for a white family and lived here for the rest of her life. She worked for a family who lived on Walnut Street in Roxbury.
The Susie King Taylor Memorial Project seeks to honor the life and legacy of Ms. Susie King Taylor, through an updated headstone and a More-Than-a-Dash Tag. It also seeks to officially commemorate her life with a stone renewal ceremony at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Mattapan, MA where she is currently laid to rest. This project will provide the community at large an opportunity to honor and celebrate her contributions to the Civil War and cement her stamp on African American History.
Susie King Taylor is featured on the BWHT South End Trail.