Shrine to honor the Unsinkable Molly Brown

GRAFTON— The International Mother’s Day Shrine, The Grafton-Taylor County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), and Grafton Area CVB and Memorial City Post 3081 Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary will be hosting an “Amazing Women of History” presentation on Friday, April 7.

JoAnn Peterson, MBA, will be portraying the “Unsinkable Molly Brown”, in observance of the 105th anniversary of the famous sinking of the R.M.S Titanic in 1912.

The Titanic chugged through the frigid waters of the North Atlantic Ocean on its first major voyage. However, before making it to its destination, the Titanic stuck and iceberg on April 14,1912, and sank below the ocean on April 15,1912.

Of the nearly 2,300 people on board, only 705 made it to safety, one of which was passenger Molly Brown.

Brown reportedly helped others board the lifeboats, but was finally persuaded to leave the ship in Lifeboat No. 6.

Brown was later called “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” by authors because she helped in the ship’s evacuation, taking an oar herself in her lifeboat and urging that the lifeboat go back and save more people. Her urgings were met with opposition from Quartermaster Robert Hichens, the crewman in charge of Lifeboat 6.

Hichens was fearful that if they went back, the lifeboat would either be pulled down due to suction or the people in the water would swamp the boat in an effort to get inside. After several attempts to urge Hichens to turn back, Brown threatened to throw the crewman overboard.

Although sources vary as to whether the boat went back, and if they found anyone alive or not, Brown›s efforts have sealed her place in history.

The performance, honoring Molly Brown, will take place in the first floor Assembly Room of the Mother’s Day Shrine, located at 11 East Main Street, downtown Grafton. The presentation is set to being at 6:30 p.m.

In addition, the event will offer a display of information, and books along with other data relating to the sinking of the R.M.S Titanic. Light refreshments will be offered and the event is free to the public.

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