Stagecoach Mary

legendary-women-in-western-historyStagecoach Mary was a force to be reckoned with. Standing six-feet tall, with a pistol under her garment and a cigar in her mouth, she may not resemble the average mail carrier we see today. Mary Fields was not only the first African-American woman employed as a mail carrier for the US but was also the second woman ever to work for the federal Post Office. During those days, a mail carrier faced far more dangers than today’s mail carriers. Traveling hundreds, if not thousands, of miles to deliver mail across the rugged nature of the west and against all enemies who might try to ambush a mail carrier was dangerous business. She has been immortalized in songs and in film, and has been said to be “one of the freest souls ever to draw a breath, or a .38.”