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Marlene Rivero

Marlene Rivero will portray Ann Stokes during the annual SIAM meeting in August. 


The Southern Illinois Association of Museums will host its annual meeting Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Jefferson County Historical Village and Museum. Registration begins at 11 a.m.

The annual meeting will include lunch and featured performer, Marlene Rivero. Rivero is a storyteller and living history artist who will portray Ann Stokes, believed to have been the first pensioned African-American woman to serve aboard a U.S. Naval military vessel.

Rivero will interpret Ann’s story as an enslaved woman before the Civil War, to a volunteer nurse during the war on the first Union Naval Hospital ship, the USN Red Rover, which was stationed out of Mound City.

Contact Vickie Devenport at 618-559-0869 to register for the workshop. Deadline for registration is July 31.

SIAM is a consortium of museums in the lower 28 counties of Illinois. For further information, visit

The Jefferson County Historical Village is located at 1411 N. 27th St. in Mount Vernon.

— The Southern


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