María Agui Carter will screen her film, REBEL: Loreta Velazquez, Secret Soldier of the American Civil War.
While the U.S. military may have recently lifted the ban on women in combat, Loreta Janeta Velazquez, a Cuban immigrant from New Orleans, was fighting in battle 150 years ago — one of an estimated 1,000 women who secretly served as soldiers during the American Civil War. Who was she? Why did she fight? And what made her so dangerous that she has been virtually erased from history?
WGS is cosponsor with Corcoran Dept of History, UVA Office of Diversity and Equity, and the Southern Seminar.