Ann Bradford Stokes: African American Civil War Nurse
Grand Chain resident and storyteller Marlene Rivero presents a historical portrayal of Ann Bradford Strokes (1833-1903), an African American Civil War nurse who served aboard the navy hospital ship Red Rover.
Mound City National Cemetery Preservation Commission
Saturday, April 23rd
315 South Fourth Street, Mound City, Illinois
PRESENTED AS PART OF THE ILLINOIS HUMANITIES ROAD SCHOLARS BUREAU
Ann Bradford Stokes: African American Civil War Nurse takes place on Saturday, April 23rd, starting at 10:30 AM at the commission’s headquarters located at 315 South Fourth Street, Mound City, Illinois. Ann treated soldiers and sailors in the western theatre during the Civil War, serving alongside the Sisters of the Holy Cross aboard the hospital ship Red Rover, which traveled the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers retrieving the sick and wounded and delivering them to hospitals in Cairo and Mound City, Illinois. Ann Stokes is believed to be the first female to receive a pension for her services as a nurse.
The Mound City National Cemetery Preservation Commission will host the presentation on the grounds of its new headquarters located at 315 South Fourth Street. Built-in 1854, the house served as a post office, general store, and military barracks. The commission received the property as a gift from the family who owned it for eight generations.
To learn more about the commission and its work, please check out this page.
We're located at 315 South Fourth Street, Mound City, Illinois. Take exit 8 off I-57 and turn left and cross over the interstate on Mounds Road for 1.5 miles where the road intersects with Route 37. Turn right. Continue for about four miles when you enter Mound City. Continue on the main road through Mound City, then turn left on Fourth Street. We're located three blocks down on the right.
This event will be co-produced by the Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, which invites Illinois authors, artists, and educators to share their expertise and enthusiasm with people throughout the state, enabling local nonprofit organizations to present free-admission cultural programs to their communities. The current edition of the Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, presented in cooperation with the Illinois Bicentennial Commission and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, consists of presentations exploring Illinois history and culture in recognition of the state's 200th anniversary.