FRIDAY NIGHTS AT NOMA: FILM SCREENING OF REBEL: LORETA VELAZQUEZ, SECRET SOLDIER OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR

5 - 9 p.m. May 2, 2014

 

This Friday night, stop by NOMA and catch a special dance performance by Isidore Newman School in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Inside the museum, enjoy music by Patrice Fisher and the Arpa Quartet.

  • 5-8 p.m.: Art on the Spot – free art activities
  • 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.: Patrice Fisher and the Arpa Quartet
  • 6 p.m.: Dance performance by Isidore Newman School, in the Sculpture Garden
  • 7:30 p.m.: Screening: REBEL: Loreta Velazquez, Secret Soldier of the American Civil War

Special exhibitions on view:
Photography and the American Civil War
Mel Chin: Rematch

About REBEL: Loreta Velazquez, Secret Soldier of the American Civil War (approx. 51 minutes)

In 1861, at the outbreak of the American Civil War, a teenage boy from New Orleans headed to the front lines. Under the alias Harry T. Buford, he fought at First Bull, was wounded at Shiloh, and served as a Confederate spy. But Buford harbored a secret – he was really Loreta Velazquez, a Cuban immigrant woman. By 1863, Velazquez was spying for the Union. And in 1876 she scandalized America when she revealed her story in her memoir, The Woman In Battle. Attacked not only for her criticism of war, but also for her sexuality and social rule-breaking, Velazquez was dismissed as a hoax for 150 years. But recent evidence confirms she existed and bring truth to her story, as just one of 1,000 women soldiers who served in the American Civil War.