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Spiritually Bold Presents "Soldier Girl: The Story of Cathay Williams"

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Spiritually Bold performs an original play about the life of Cathay Williams. At a time when there weren’t any opportunities for a woman who looked like Cathay, she demonstrated unshakable courage. Her desire was to simply live a better life.

She was born in Independence, Missouri, in 1844 to a slave mother and a free father. She enlisted in the United States Army on November 15, 1866 pretending to be a man. She is the only documented black woman to serve in the Army in the 19th century and the only known black female Buffalo Soldier.

Written by Kathleen Watkins
Directed by Alan Washington