Crazy Bet & Mary Jane

Published:December 21, 2017 by Brendan Wolfe

In Season 2, Episode 6, of Not Even Past, host Brendan Wolfe tells the story of Elizabeth Van Lew and Mary Richards Bowser, two mysterious women with deep connections to the Episcopal Church. Both Union spies during the Civil War, one ended her life a pariah while the other disappeared from history. Producer Miranda Bennett also talks to Grace Aheron, an Episcopalian grappling, like Van Lew and Bowser, with her role in a large and complex community.

IMAGE: View of Richmond from Saint John’s Church, ca. 1851 (Virginia Historical Society)

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