Local educator works to build home for women veterans
Thetimesweekly.com | 3/29/2017, 10 a.m.
A culminating experience at the TED Global event in 2016 converged local resident Natalie Coleman’s experience in the military and education together. This experience has inspired her and a group of professionals to establish a non-profit organization entitled After the Peanut Foundation. Their first project aims to educate communities on the less told story of Harriet Tubman’s role in the Union Army and bring a transitional home for women veterans to Joliet, Illinois.
The first project under the foundation is entitled, A Medal for Harriet. The project has three phases: (1) A Medal for Harriet multimedia campaign to increase public awareness of Harriet Tubman’s role in the Union Army and to have Harriet Tubman posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, (2) A Night with Harriet is an outdoor retreat to educate women veterans and their daughters on Harriet Tubman’s military role and will be held near historically significant sites relevant to the Civil War; and (3) A Home for Harriet is a transition house to be built and is similar to the one Harriet Tubman founded, and will provide women veterans with assistance.
In preparation for the launch of A Medal for Harriet, “After the Peanut Foundation” will host its first event and fundraiser on June 4, 2017 at the Joliet Area Historical Museum. The event will start at 5:00 p.m. with a VIP Reception at 4:00 p.m. This event will be an evening of enlightenment and entertainment. Funds raised will be used to support all phases of A Medal for Harriet, in addition to research endeavors and K-12 curriculum development.
Tickets for the event may be purchased at eventbrite.com “A Medal for Harriet” or by calling 815-530-8687 and for more information you can visit afterthepeanut.com