Original Author: Encyclopedia Virginia, a program of Virginia Humanities
Created: 2017

Elizabeth Van Lew and Mary Richards Bowser

Brendan Wolfe, editor of Encyclopedia Virginia, narrates the story of Elizabeth Van Lew, a Richmond Unionist, and her former slave Mary Richards Bowser, who served as a spy for the Union inside the Confederate White House. This audio clip is an excerpt from "Crazy Bet & Mary Jane," an episode from the podcast Not Even Past, produced by Miranda Bennett at Encyclopedia Virginia.