Hell on Wheels Season 5. Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) is not the only tough person in Hell on Wheels now, because he is among tough women too. We were used to seeing Fong (Angela Zhou), a brave Chinese girl fighting for her freedom, but in the last episode, ‘Struck’, we met stagecoach Mary Fields (Amber Chardae Robinson), able to knock out with a single punch to rough murderers, and drink more whiskey than a gambler. I was absolutely impressed!
Did you know that Mary Fields is a real person and not only a fictional character? Born a slave in Hickman County, Tennessee, Mary Fields was freed when American slavery was banned in 1865, after a Civil War where Bohannon fought on the Confederate side.
They say that she was really tall and strong, and was working in a convent at St. Peter’s Mission, west of Cascade. But the bishop ordered her to leave the convent because she drank whiskey, and said bad words.
Afterwards, she open a restaurant in nearby Cascade, but the restaurant went broke because she served food to anyone, especically poor people.
In 1985, Fields was hired as a mail carrier because she was the fastest applicant to hitch a team of six horses. Thus, she was the first African-American woman employed as a mail carrier in the United States, and just the second American woman to work for the United States Postal Service!
“Born a slave somewhere in Tennessee, Mary lived to become one of the freest souls ever to draw a breath, or a .38.” Actor Gary Cooper.
What do you expect from Mary Fields in Hell on Wheels season 5? She is going to be a recurring character.
Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere and up to you!