“Blue Jacket: War Chief of the Shawnees”, by Allan W. Eckert, will be featured at the Danville Public Library Adult Book Discussion on Tuesday, April 18, 6:30 p.m. at the Danville City Council Room.
In 1771, a white boy named Marmaduke Van Swearingen was captured by Shawnee Indians on the edge of the American frontier in what is now West Virginia. Impressed with his bravery, he was not killed but instead was taken to Ohio where he was adopted into the tribe and given the name, Blue Jacket for the blue shirt he was wearing at the time of his capture.
Eckert tells the story of how the boy grew to excel as a warrior and leader. Blue Jacket became the only white man to be made a war chief of the Shawnee Nation. His name became famous throughout the Northwest Territory.
Sean Smith will be the discussion leader for the program. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, call the Danville Public Library at 740-599-BOOK (2665) or visit www.knox.net.