Mary Ann Shiner Almarolia was born enslaved, the daughter of Michael Shiner and his wife Phillis. Michael Shiner's experiences and observations are recorded in his thoughtful diary, now at the Library of Congress. Mary Ann herself had an adventurous life. After the Civil War she married an Italian immigrant, operated a hotel on Maryland Avenue with her husband, and became a well-known figure in the neighborhood. Lecturer Mark Herlong will explore her life on Capitol Hill from a time of slavery to the twentieth century.
As all Overbeck Capitol Hill History lectures, this presentation is free and open to the public.
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital