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The Widow Washington: The Life of Mary Washington

William G. McGowan Theater
Washington, DC

Monday, July 1, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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Mary Ball, orphaned at an early age, grew up in an atmosphere of work, frugality, and piety. After marrying Augustine Washington and having five children, she was widowed and struggled to raise her children. In The Widow Washington, Martha Saxton has written the first biography of Mary Ball Washington, the mother of our nation’s father, that is based on archival sources and corrects previous biographies that paint her as a self-centered, crude obstacle to her son. A book signing follows the program.


The exhibit Rightfully Hers is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of Unilever, Pivotal Ventures, Carl M. Freeman Foundation in honor of Virginia Allen Freeman, AARP, AT&T, Ford Motor Company Fund, Facebook, Barbara Lee Family Foundation Fund at the Boston Foundation, Google, HISTORY ®, and Jacqueline B. Mars. Additional support for National Outreach and Programs provided by Denise Gwyn Ferguson, BMO Financial Group, Hearst Foundations, Maris S. Cuneo Foundation, FedEx, Bernstein Family Foundation, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation/Ambassador Fay-Hartog Levin (Ret.).



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