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.
Providence, Rhode Island. I have lived here for over 30 years and have grown to love it. It has much history here.
As you explore the city you find some of the most stately buildings that tell a great story of the past.
We have the story of Roger Williams, the founder of the town and his story of finding a place where people, of his time, could have religious freedom and live in peace.
With my passion for history I send lots of time researching new places in this town, that tells me stories of the Providence of old.
With The season changing, the town changes and I change with it. I love it even more!
I want to thank my dear friend Kim Poovey for the lovely interview she posted on her blog.
Victorian Lady Estelle Barada
August 8, 2017
Estelle Barada exemplifies the dignity and grace of the Victorian era
and has been gracious enough to share her Victorian background and
philosophies here at the Quintessential Victorian. Please pour a cup of
tea and join us for more about her daily Victorian pursuits and visit
the links at the end of the post to learn more about her Victorian
lifestyle and contributions to the preservation of the 19th century way
Quintessential Victorian would like to extend gratitude to Lady Estelle
for her participation in the interview and for her ongoing dedication
to the Victorian era! For more about this amazing Victorian lady please
visit her blogspot at: