Friday, March 9, 2012

My Haley After Hours Event Kicks off BOHR Weekend

Advance copies of The Treason of Mary Louvestre
Last night, 168 were in attendance at this year's first After Hours History Event at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum.  All in attendance were fortunate enough to hear My Haley speak about her latest book, The Treason of Mary Louvestre.  The event marked the official kickoff of the Battle of Hampton Roads Weekend, both in Norfolk and  at the Mariners' Museum in Newport News.

My captivated the audience from start to finish
Mrs. Haley, wife of Malcolm X biographer and Roots creator Alex Haley, spent the evening speaking about the extraordinary life of Mary Louvestre, who risked severe punishment from southern authority to bring the plans of the CSS Virginia to Gideon Welles in Washington, D.C.  My detailed how Mary walked from Portsmouth, VA to the national Capital, often amidst great danger. 

All the staff at the CWN 150 and the Hampton Roads Naval Museum are delighted to now call My and her lovely business associate, Arsenia, a friend.  It was a pleasure to have her speak during this timely period of American naval history. 

This is the first of many posts on this weekend's activities.  We will be at the Mariners' Museum for the entirety of the Battle of Hampton Roads Weekend.  Stop by the Hampton Roads Naval Museum booth and say hello to CWN 150 staffers Laura Orr, Gordon Calhoun, and Matthew Eng.  Stay tuned for more great posts!

My signing copies of her book inside HRNM
The night also marked the inaugural Battle of Hampton Roads Watercolor Contest.  Here are some of the submissions.

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