Mary Elizabeth Bowser Black History Costume

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Includes: A Full-Length Victorian Period Dress with Zipper Back and Matching Civil War Bonnet.

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The individuals who made their mark in America and our nation’s Black History are filled with bravery, with courage, with determination unlike any other. Some, like Mary Elizabeth Bowser, chose to defy the slaveowners and even their own masters in the South by supporting and aiding the Union during the Civil War. Though she was born into slavery in Richmond, Virginia in 1846, Mary Elizabeth Bowser spied on the Confederates and risked her life to help the Union’s cause.

Little is known or recorded about Bowser’s early life. Yet what is known is that Bowser received some benefits denied to the average slave during the 1800s—she was baptized at her master’s family church rather than a slaves-only church, and was sent to attend school in the north. Upon returning home, Mary Bowser married Wilson Bowser, and just four days later the Civil War began with Confederate troops attacking Fort Sumter.

Fortune struck again for Mary Elizabeth Bowser. Her master’s daughter, Elizabeth Van Lew, was a rare abolitionist living in Virginia. When the Civil War began, Elizabeth turned against her home state and began to secretly support the Union in the north by organizing an underground spy ring. Bowser became an important member of that spy ring. Mary Elizabeth Bowser became a servant to Confederate President Jefferson Davis’s family in the southern White House and was able to send crucial information throughout the group, passing those details all the way up to Union military leaders like Alfred Terry, Edward Ord, and Colonel S. H. Roberts. Countless benefits came to the Union thanks to Bowser’s work, and famed Generals Benjamin Butler, George H. Sharpe, and Ulysses S. Grant have written praises of the value of the intelligence collected by Mary Elizabeth Bowser.

An exclusive piece in our Heritage Costumes Black History collection of quality costume clothing based on renowned figures celebrated in the annals of Black History, this children’s Mary Elizabeth Bowser costume is authentic to the 1800s and the attire worn by the former slave and Union spy during the Civil War. You’ll look just like Bowser herself when you don this historically accurate costume set. Included is a full-length Victorian period dress with a zipper back and a matching Civil Warbonnet.

This high-quality Mary Elizabeth Bowser costume can be used for historical school events, play, or simply a day of donning the clothing worn by figures of Black History during the 19th century and the Civil War. Made with pride and care right in the United States, this kids’ Mary Elizabeth Bowser Black History costume is built to last.


Children's Mary Elizabeth Bowser Black History Costume
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Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Capture this moment in time with our line of Heritage Costumes.

*Note: color shades/fabric patterns may vary on floral prints.

Fabric Content:
Self: 65% Polyester 35% Cotton

Cleaning Instructions:
* Most items made from polyester/cotton blend treat as polyester.
* Most items are made from polyester can be machine washed and dried.
* Use warm water and add a fabric softener to the final rinse cycle.
* Machine dry at low temperature setting and remove articles as soon as the tumbling cycle is complete.
* If ironing is needed, use a moderately warm iron.
* Most items made from polyester can be dry-cleaned.

To remove stains:
* Soak and then wash with soap and warm water using a mild liquid detergent.
* Remove tough stains by spraying with a mild stain remover. It will have a better chance of removing stains other than food and dirt.
* Tumble dry on low heat.

Children’s clothing for both Boy's And Girls is the same size. The size is based on either the child’s weight and length in pounds and inches or on specific measurements (chest, waist, and hip).

*Note: color shades/fabric patterns may vary on floral prints.

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