Boeuf River DAR hears talk on Penelope Barker

SDAR, met October 28, 2019 in the Richland Parish Library, Rayville.

Hostesses Gayle Waller and Judy Waller and members enjoyed delicious refreshments before the meeting.

Regent Mary Grantham Griffen called the group to order and led the DAR ritual.

The President General message was read by Carlette Cooper. The Louisiana state regent letter was read by Angela Hales. In the year 2020, Louisiana will celebrate 125 years in service.

Program for the afternoon was by Mary Pruitt on the subject of Penelope Barker. 

This lady was a loyal patriot of the American Revolution. She was a very strong person and led 50 women to sign a resolution to boycott British tea. She was the daughter of Samuel Padgett, a physician and farmer and her mother, Elizabeth Blount, daughter of wealthy politician and planter Barker, was mother to many children.

In 1774 Barker gathered 50 women to form the first recorded women’s political demonstration in America. She is just one of many brave ladies at this time in our history, a very interesting study.

A business session was held following the program.

Gayle Waller repeated donating books and magazines to the NELA Veteran’s Home and Hospital waiting rooms (one of our projects). A chapter of CAR (Children of the American Revolution) will be restarted. The Stephen Girard Chapter, the one millionth member of NSDAR, came in October 2019.

Members made donations to the Wreaths across America project.

The minutes of the September meeting were read and the treasurer report was given.

All matters covered, the meeting was adjourned.

Charlotte E. Sims is reporter for the Bouef River Chapter, NSDAR.

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