US has statues across the nation, even in Los Angeles, honoring white supremacist traitors but few if any to real heroes of color fighting oppression. In 2017, the govt can't even agree whether to have a statue of Harriet Tubman in the nation's capital. #moreyouknow#whereisourhistory#fuckwhitesupremacy
Info from @thecurvycritic:
#Missouri native Cathay Williams was the 1st black woman to enlist and serve in the US Army. Despite the prohibition against women serving in the military, Williams enlisted in the United States Regular Army on November 15, 1866 at St. Louis, Missouri for a three-year engagement, passing herself off as a man under the name William Cathay. She was assigned to the 38th infantry. Only two others are known to have been privy to the deception, her cousin and a friend, both of whom were fellow soldiers in her regiment.
Her life and military service narrative was published in The St. Louis Daily Times on 2 January 1876.
In late 1889 or early 1890, Williams entered a local hospital where she remained for some time. In June 1891, she applied for a disability pension based on her military service. There was precedent for granting a pension to female soldiers. Deborah Sampson in 1816, Anna Maria Lane, and Mary Hayes McCauley (better known as Molly Pitcher) had been granted pensions for disguising themselves as men to serve in the American Revolutionary War. Sampson's cause had been championed by none other than Paul Revere. However, Williams had no influential friends to help her.
Despite the fact that she suffered from neuralgia, diabetes, had had all her toes amputated, and could only walk with a crutch, the doctor decided she did not qualify for disability payments. Her application was rejected.
The exact date of Williams' death is unknown, but it is assumed she died shortly after being denied a pension, probably sometime in 1892. Her simple grave marker would have been made of wood and deteriorated long ago. Thus her final resting place is now unknown.
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