From the the July 27, 2017, Southern Illinoisan "Museum meeting features historic interpreter, who will portray African-American woman stationed on U.S. Navy vessel."
The Southern Illinois Association of Museums (SIAM) will meet August 5, 2017, at the Jefferson County Historical Village and Museum.
Marlene Rivero will portray Ann Stokes, believed to have been the first black woman to serve aboard a U.S. Navy ship.
Ann Stokes was a slave who became a volunteer nurse on the first Union Naval hospital ship, the USS Red Rover, stationed off Mound City, Illinois.
SIAM is a consortium of museums in the lower 28 Illinois counties. The Jefferson County Historical Village and Museum is in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.
I definitely will do more research on this woman.
An Interesting Story. --Old B-R'er