Today, I had a visit from a lovely young lady with a passion for
history. I helped her with her first historic attire for a portrayal of
The Lyons' home was attacked several times during
the New York City Draft Riots of July 1863. Lyons was a teenager at the
time. She fled with her family to Salem, Massachusetts for a short time
before returning to Brooklyn. Because of the ongoing danger, her parents
sent the children to Providence, Rhode Island.
In 1865, Lyons
was refused entry to the high school in Providence because she was
African-American. The state had no high school for black children.. The
family successfully sued the state of Rhode Island in a campaign to
bring an end to segregated schools. At the age of 16, she testified
before the state legislature, "pleading for the opening of the door of
opportunity". Lyons later became the first African-American student to
graduate from Providence High School.
does it mean to be a Victorian woman? It means to dress with modesty,
having pride in yourself and the way you look, be quiet in nature, be
ladylike at all times, never be loud and flirty. Have pride in your
femininity and have fun being a woman.