“George Washington and His Secret Six” will be the May book review at First Baptist Church, 6501 S. Hazel St., at 10 a.m. Saturday in the church’s fellowship hall. The review will be presented by Mary Keech Fine of Little Rock.
The authors, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger, did extensive research telling this interesting story about six almost or completely unknown heroes of the American Revolution who served in the spy ring that operated during the Revolution. These events took place when George Washington had to retreat from the British take over of New York City in 1776 and he needed to be able to recover New York from the retreat.
Washington correctly judged that he could not adequately respond to the strong British Army power so he conceived a plan to form a group of secret people whose task was to sneak into New York and gather information from the British. This brave group of six agents called themselves the Culper Spy Ring. The importance of the operation was enormous and its secrecy was of first priority. The group members’ identities was hidden for almost 200 years and in this historical novel, they finally receive the necessary attention due them for this important work they accomplished.
Keech moved to Pine Bluff from South Dakota in 1965 with her husband, Bob Keech, and their five children, Bob Jr., Ricky, Nancy, Kathy and Peggy. All five children attended Pine Bluff public schools and graduated where Mary taught French and English for 20 years. She served two years in the Women’s Army Corps from 1945-47 before graduating from the University of South Dakota in 1948. She taught French one year at her alma mater, All Saints School for Girls, in Sioux Fall and English and music in Wagner, S.D., before marrying Bob Keech.
While in Pine Bluff, Mary was a member of the Pine Bluff Chamber Singers, Pine Bluff Musical Coterie and was active in the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas theater program. After the death of her husband Bob, she later married Howard Fine. In 1991, she served as Mrs. Senior Arkansas before moving to Little Rock in 1992. In 2007 she was awarded the David Pryor Award for Volunteerism. She organized trips for Lifequest and served on their board for six years, and on the boards of Wildwood, Arkansas Symphony Guild, Arkansas Choral Society, Community Theater and many other groups. Presently, she gives monthly book reviews for Presbyterian Village and is an active member of the Salvation Army Auxiliary, presently serving as chairman of their Autumn Runway fundraiser. She is an active member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.
Door prizes and refreshments will be furnished and the public is invited to attend.