The Toms River branch of the NAACP sponsored its annual Black History Month celebration Feb. 25th in Mancini Hall.
The program opened with a dance routine, then followed with a delicious soul food tasting that was prepared and served by members of the NAACP.
The third portion of the celebration included Kati Beddow’s presentation of “Eyes of Spies: Women of the Civil War.”
Southerner Elizabeth “Crazy Bet” Van Lew established a spy network in Virginia. With her friend and ex-slave Mary Elizabeth Bowser, who gathered vital information for the Union while serving in the Southern White House of Jefferson Davis, they enabled General Grant and General Butler to speed up the end of the Civil War.
A link to the dozen photos from the program can be found at our Flickr link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/oceancountylibrary/sets/72157629104072878/show/