An Afternoon With Dr. My Haley

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Meeting Room - Level 1

From award-winning author Alex Haley’s widow, his collaborator on the bestselling Roots, comes a new American epic from the Civil War. Join us as Dr. Haley discusses her newest publication, The Treason of Mary Louvestre.

The Treason of Mary Louvestre is based on the true story of a seamstress slave from the Confederate town of Norfolk, Virginia. When her owner gets involved with modifications to the ironclad CSS Virginia, Mary copies the plans and sets out to commit treason against the South. Facing certain death as a spy if caught, she treks two hundred miles during the bitter winter of 1862 to reach the office of Union Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles, where she hands over the plans. Haley, using rich narrative and characters drawn from that pinnacle era of American history, ably tells Mary’s act of bravery.

First there was Roots, now there is The Treason of Mary Louvestre.

Programs are free and open to the public.

Questions? Please contact the Blair-Caldwell Library at 720-865-2401 or email

An Afternoon With Dr. My Haley