A Lady & Her Wagon: The Life of Julia Greeley finally is in pre-production for its premiere in 2023.
A Lady & Her Wagon: The Life of Julia Greeley by Mike Broemmel is a biography chronicling the life of Julia Greeley. Julia was born into slavery in Missouri. At the age of five, her right eye was injured by a slave master as he was whipping her mother.
In 1865, Greeley was freed during the Civil War under the Emancipation Proclamation. She moved to Denver and became a nanny to Julia Pratte Dickerson, a widow who would later marry William Gilpin, the first Territorial Governor of Colorado.
She became known for her charitable works, pulling a red wagon through the streets of Denver in the dark to bring food, coal, clothing, and other necessities to needy families. She made her rounds after dark so as not to embarrass white families ashamed to accept charity from a poor, black woman. In part because of her work for the poor Julia Greeley is now being considered to be canonized a saint.
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