FC: The great Mary fields By: Patricia O.
1: Mary Fields was born in Tennessee in 1832. She grew up as an orphaned slave that prepared rigors in the west. All her life she was a slave until she was about 30. When she was 30 she got a letter from her friend Sister Amadeus(whose father was her master,and she knew her as Dolly when she was there slave) asking Mary to join her at the convent. From then on thats when Mary's wild west adventure began..
2: Sister Amadeus(also know as Dolly to her family)invited Mary to join her at her convent in Cascade,Montana. As soon as Mary arrived her friend Sister Amadeus became a headmistress of a Native American school. Since Mary was good friends with the sister she decided to move with her too. So they moved west of Montana, and Mary really liked where they settled.
3: The picture on this page is the missionary school that Mary moved to with her friend Sister Amadeus,in west of Montana
4: Mary worked for the nuns for half a year during that time Sister Amadaus died.After Sister Amadaus died Mary was treated really badly as a result of being treated badly she had a bad temper. One day she got into a gun figth with one of the nuns. As a result of that she was fired. She then moved back to Cascade.
5: After Mary left the convent she moved back to Cascade, and became the first African American Female to be a stagecoach with the United States Postal Service at the age of 60! | Mary was the best stagecoach for the United States Postal Service. She could saddle up 6 horses in 5 min, she would deliver the mail even if it was raining,snowing, or scorching hot. One time Mary was sent to deliver a message to the President and mid way to The WHite House her wagon broke, and about 6 coyotes attacked her horses. Se shot them with only 5 buletts, and finished delivering the letter.
6: Mary retired with the United States Postal service when she was around 70. This strong women did not stop working though! After she retired she spent most of her time at saloons drinking whiskey with cowboys. | She then decided to open up a local laundromat(at the age of 80)for people in her community in Cascade. There was an incident once where a guy didn't pay his money that he owed for his clothes. Mary went after him, and told him he needed to pay.He then called her the "B" word. Mary struck him with one hit and he fell to the ground. She replied to him and pulled out her gun, and said "Are you gonna pay or what?" | It was amazing how an 80 year old hit a young man with such force
7: "I am Mary Fields. People call me "Black Mary." People call me "Stagecoach Mary." I live in Cascade, Tennessee. I am six feet tall. I weigh over two hundred pounds. A woman of the 19th Century, I do bold and exciting things. I wear pants. I smoke a big black cigar. I drink whiskey. I carry a pistol. I love adventure. I travel the country, driving a stagecoach, delivering the mail to distant towns. Strong, I fight through rainstorms. Tough, I fight through snowstorms. I risk hurricanes and tornadoes. I am independent. No body tells me what to do. No body tells me where to go. When I'm not delivering mail, I like to build buildings. I like to smoke and drink in bars with the men. I like to be rough. I like to be rowdy. I also like to be loving. I like to be caring. I like to baby sit. I like to plant flowers and tend my garden. I like to give away corsages and bouquets. I like being me, Mary Fields" -The great determined Mary Fields | Sadly married died in 1914 of liver failure,but her legacy did not die with her..