19th century Mobile author, socialite will be topic for Feb. 27 Clarke Historical Society meeting

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Paula Webb

Paula Webb

The Sunday, Feb. 27 meeting of the Clarke County Historical Society will feature Paula Lenoir Webb who will speak on her new book, “Such a Woman: The Life of Madame Octavia Wilson LeVert.”

LeVert (1810-1877) was a well-known socialite and writer during the mid-nineteenth century. From the 1830s to the 1850s, LeVert hosted elegant gatherings of prominent politicians, literary figures, and professionals at her home in Mobile.

She was an early advocate for the welfare of women and worked tirelessly on behalf of the “Save Mount Vernon” movement to rescue and preserve the home of George Washington. Her only book, “Souvenirs of Travel” which recorded her two trips to Europe in the 1850s was popular at the time

Paula Webb is a tenured librarian at the University of South Alabama. Her first book was “Mobile Under Siege: Surviving the Union Blockade.”

The meeting will be at 2:30 p.m. at Grove Hill City Hall.

You do not have to be a member of the historical society to attend; everyone is invited.



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