Mattie Bell Castner: “The Mother of Belt, Montana”

Mattie Bell Castner  was  called “The Mother of  Belt,  Montana.”  She was born into slavery  in Newton, NC in 1848. She and her family moved to St. Louis after the Emancipation Proclamation for a fresh start. Castner worked as a nanny, domestic servant, and a hotel maid. Eager to expand her horizons, she moved to […]

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