Adults - Wednesday, 2/7 @ 6:30 - Freeman Live Series - Emily West: How She Became the Yellow Rose of Texas!

The Freeman Library Adult Services Team continues its Freeman Live Series. These monthly events offer informative and entertaining presentations by staff, the Friends of Freeman Library, and local partners. The Friends of Freeman Library support these free presentations, which require no registration.

We invite adults to join us Wednesday, 2/7 at 6:30 PM in celebration and recognition of African – American History Month. Local author and historian Lora-Marie will present “Emily West: How She Became the Yellow Rose of Texas.” Sam Houston started a tale about a free woman of color who worked for James Morgan that became one of the greatest Texas legends. Emily West came from Connecticut to work for Morgan and was later captured by Santa Anna. According to records, Houston once said his troops were able to surprise the Mexican troops and win the Texas Revolution because she was having an affair with the general at the time of the Texan attack. But did she? Through the years, the story became the basis for The Yellow Rose of Texas. It commemorates Houston's tale about West but a second look at history tells a more complicated tale of a free women of color and her experience and courage during the Texas Revolution.

If you’re unable to make it to this presentation, Ms. Bernard will be presenting this again in TGIF Programs on Friday, 2/9 at 10:30 AM.

Please contact the Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library at 16616 Diana Lane, Houston, TX 77062 or at (832) 927-5420 for further information.