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ATLANTA – The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the Atlanta Cyclorama hosts writer, director and filmmaker Maria Agui Carter on March 26 as part of the museum’s commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.
“We are excited to welcome Maria Agui Carter to the Atlanta Cyclorama,” said Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “Bring some friends and join us on March 26 at 7:00 p.m. for a free screening of Rebel and a lively conversation about this thought-provoking documentary. What a great way to celebrate Women’s History Month.”
Carter’s film, Rebel, is a riveting look at the life of Loreta Janeta Velazquez, an extraordinary woman who served in the Civil War as a man. And as a Cuban immigrant, she shattered both ethnic and gender boundaries.In her 1876 book, The Woman in Battle, Cuban-born Velazquez shocked the country with her stunning admission that she had served in the Civil War and organized an Arkansas regiment and fought in the battles of Bull Run, Balls Bluff and Shiloh as Confederate soldier Harry T. Buford. She would also later serve as a female Confederate spy instead of a male soldier.
Shrouded in mystery and long the subject of debate, Velazquez’ amazing story, Confederate soldier turned Union Spy, is one of the Civil War’s most gripping forgotten narratives. While the U.S. military may have recently lifted the ban on women in combat, Velazquez, a Cuban immigrant from New Orleans, was fighting in battle 150 years ago – one of an estimated 1000 women who secretly served as soldiers during the American Civil War. Who was she? Why did she fight? And what made her so dangerous she has been virtually erased from history?
“Velazquez presents a Latina and a woman’s perspective on a time period and a war that we usually think of as exclusively black and white,” said Carter. “Rebel is the story of a complex woman who reinvented herself to survive the impossible circumstances in which she found herself. And that reinvention is an American experience that resonates with so many people – the idea we are not what we are born, but what we make of ourselves.”
A video clip of the film Rebel can be found here: http://goo.gl/DfrTWE. The documentary is 75 minutes long. After the film presentation, Carter will lead a conversation with the audience.
The Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum opened in 1921 and contains the world’s largest oil painting. The circular painting, known as a “cyclorama,” is 42 feet high X 358 feet long, and depicts the series of conflicts which encompass the Battle of Atlanta. Tours of the Cyclorama take place Tuesday through Saturday throughout the day, and include stadium seating for patrons on a revolving platform which affords a 360° view while they listen to details of the exciting events in the painting. The centerpiece of the two story museum is the Texas, the locomotive that won the Civil War adventure called “The Great Locomotive Chase.” The museum also features uniforms, guns & artillery, soldiers’ personal items, maps and other artifacts.
The Atlanta Cyclorama is conveniently located near downtown Atlanta, in Historic Grant Park, at 800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30315. For general information, and more details about this year’s special events, visit our web site: www.atlantacyclorama.org.
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