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Local actress plays Revolutionary War heroine

Posted: August 21, 2014 3:02 p.m.
Updated: August 22, 2014 6:00 a.m.
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Anna Susanne Holley

Often called “Daring Dicey,” 14-year-old South Carolinian, Laodicea “Dicey” Langston, leaves her mark in history.

A devout Patriot, young Dicey Langston, while going about her duties as a proper young lady, spies on the Tories and sends information to Patriot military camps. Placing significance on freedom from the British and saving the lives of Patriots, young Dicey Langston is threatened by British supporters, even to the point of hanging.

Major “Bloody Bill” Cunningham raises a rabid group of Tories, creating a path of slaughtering in South Carolina and vows to kill Dicey Langston. Captain Cunningham raids Laurens and massacres a group of surrendering Whigs in the present Saluda County.

Cunningham commands a force of nearly 300 man to cross the Saluda River at Anderson’s Ford. Bloody Bill, near the mouth of the Saluda River, kills local militia commander Captain Turner and 21 of his men.

Although Bloody Bill paints a path of death for South Carolina Patriots, young Dicey Langston ultimately prevails by risking her life with helpful information, particularly on one night swimming across a darkened creek to warn the Patriots of Bloody Bills plan of attack.

Two showings of this historical drama will take place at the Bethune Recreation Center at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday with a meet and greet at 1 and 6 p.m. with actress Anna Susanne Holley.

Holley, who plays the role of Dicey Langston, is a native of Bethune and student at the University of South Carolina. She performs across the state in film, theater, music, and educating others about the performing arts.

The film, a South Carolina ETV/Discovery Education production, is a part of South Carolina author, Idella Bodie’s South Carolina Women series. The movie is free to the public. For more information call (803) 530-8514.

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