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Lecturer to talk about ‘Forgotten Heroine’ of yellow fever epidemic

Historian Benn Trask will talk about “Annie Andrews: Forgotten Heroine,” a volunteer nurse during Norfolk’s yellow fever epidemic in 1855, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13 at MacArthur Memorial Visitor Center Theater, 198 Bank Street, Norfolk.

His talk, free and open to the public, is part of the Louis L. Guy monthly lecture program sponsored by the Norfolk Historical Society.

A release said Annie Andrews came to Norfolk from her New York home in the summer of 1855 as yellow fever plagued Norfolk, taking more than 2,000 lives. “Her bravery and determination as a volunteer nurse made her a national sensation,” said a release announcing the lecture. “However, by the outbreak of the Civil War, she was forgotten.”

Trask, a retired educator and author of many books and articles on local history, will revive the legend in his talk.

Additional talks scheduled in the Guy series include the following:

Oct. 11, Dr. Ingo Heidbrink, Chair, Old Dominion University History Department. T...

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