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OPENING in 2022
The Mary Fields Museum and 
Conference Center

Training Center, Events Space & Museum

Born a slave, Mary Fields (1832–1914) lived in Montana with the Ursuline Sisters who established an Indian boarding school and mission. Mary Fields, also known as Stagecoach Mary and Black Mary, was the first African-American female Star Route mail carrier in the United States.

A grant from the State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) made possible the vision of the Mary Fields Museum and Training Space.

The museum site is located on the grounds of the Ebony Horsewomen Equestrian and Therapeutic Center in the beautiful and historic Keney Park in Hartford, CT. The museum's calming setting surrounded by horses and open green space is where education, entertainment, and awareness culminates tor a holistic experience. 

This beautifully crafted rustic building will be Northeast Hartford's only museum.  The Mary Fields Museum will offer meeting, training and classroom spaces, as well as banquet accommodations.

Who was Mary Fields?

Born a slave, Mary Fields, (1832–1914) lived in Montana with the Ursuline Sisters who established an Indian boarding school and mission. Also known as "Stagecoach Mary" and Black Mary, she was the first African-American female Star Route US Postal Service mail carrier in the United States.

Mary Fields was one of the toughest pioneer women to ever earn the respect and devotion of the residents and Native Americans of the pioneer community of Cascade, Montana before she died in 1914. She was widely beloved, admired, and respected throughout the region for holding her own and living her way in a world where the odds were against her. In a time when African Americans and women of any race enjoyed little freedom anywhere in the world, Mary Fields enjoyed more respect and freedom than most white men because of her toughness and her constant contributions to her community.

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The Mary Fields Museum experience tells the story of African American experience, history, and impact during pioneer times.

The exhibits take visitors on a journey through the history of the American West. The exhibits highlight African American influence and contributions in the history, economy, and society of America after the Civil War. Vibrant historical images and interactive displays bring history to life and give the visitor a look inside the African American experience and their contributions to the shaping of the United States.