Children's Mary Touvestre Black History Costume

Mary Touvestre Black History Costume

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Includes: A Long Victorian Period, Floral Print Dress with a Zipper Back, Long Half Apron, and Matching Floral Bonnet.

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

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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. Mary Touvestre, a seamstress, and former slave, showed her incredible boldness and grit during the Civil War of the 1800s. Touvestre, though free during the Civil War, chose to enter into service and give back to her country by becoming a spy for the Union. It was Mary Touvestre who helped stop the Confederate Navy from advancing, who worked with other Union spies to offer valuable information about the Confederacy’s movements.

Born in the Shenandoah Valley, Touvestre became a slave in her young teenage years. She was taught to sew and became a skilled seamstress on a small farm. When the Civil War broke out, Mary was between 55 and 70 years old—and fortune smiled upon her. Touvestre was able to purchase her freedom with money earned from her seamstress work. By July of 1861, she was working as a paid, free woman for an engineer in Norfolk’s Gosport Navy Yard. Touvestre overheard her boss bragging about the Confederate Navy’s newest ship: the CSS Virginia, which was being built to destroy the Union Navy. Mary decided to sneak into her employer’s office and trace the drawings of this new ironclad ship.

That single decision changed the course of the war for the Union and for Mary Touvestre. Mary was able to pass along her tracing of the ship plans thanks to the Underground Railroad, which helped her reach Union lines near Fredericksburg. She was then given a military escort to Washington, D.C. and offered employment with the Union Army. Mary turned that offer down, but the Union took advantage of her crucial information, using it to build their own ironclad ship (the USS Monitor) and protect the Union from the Confederate Navy at sea.

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 Touvestre 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 Touvestre herself when you don this historically accurate costume set. Included is a long, floral print dress with a zipper back, a long white half apron, and a matching floral bonnet. (Please note that the color shades and fabric patterns may vary on floral prints.)

This high-quality Mary Touvestre 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 Touvestre Black History costume is built to last.

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


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Children's Black History Mary Touvestre 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: 100% Polyester
Accessories: 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.