MARY JANE HOLMES SHIPLEY DRAKE was a central figure in an 1852 slavery case in which her father, a former slave, successfully sued his former owner, Nathaniel Ford, for the freedom of his three children, including Mary Jane. It was the only slavery case ever adjudicated in Oregon courts. The photo was taken in 1924, two years before her death. (Benton County Historical Museum)
Outfits from "Show Boat" (1951). Designed by Walter Plunkett. Red and ivory striped period dress with matching parasol. Black and white leather button-up period boots with black fringe. Dark red wool cutaway coat with grey satin lapel and coordinating vest. Worn by Marge Champion as “Ellie May Shipley” and Gower Champion as “Frank Schultz” in the “I Might Fall Back on You” number in Show Boat.