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Datebook: July 11 – ‘The Two-Headed Nightingale’ turns 160

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Millie McCoy and Christine McCoy were born July 11, 1851 (and died October 8, 1912). They were American conjoined twins who went by the stage names “The Two-Headed Nightingale,” “The Eighth Wonder of the World” and “The Carolina Twins.” Their parents were slaves on the plantation of Mr. Alexander McCoy near the town of Whiteville, North Carolina. They were sold to a showman named Joseph Pearson Smith at birth. He and his wife provided the twins with an education and taught them to speak five languages, dance, play music, and sing. For the rest of the century, the twins enjoyed a successful career as “The Two-Headed Nightingale”, and appeared with the Barnum circus.

It’s Monday, July 11

Tonight at 6:30 Project Aids Orphan hosts a showing of the half hour film Binta and the Great Idea at Maiden Alley Cinema near the riverfront in Paducah. The 2007 Oscar nominee features Binta, a little girl from Senegal talking about her life, the importance of education for girls, and her father’s great idea. Tickets are $5.

Murray State’s MFA Summer Reading series continues tonight at 7:30 in Clara Eagle Gallery, 6th Floor Price-Doyle Fine Arts near 15th and Olive. Novelist, poet and instrumentalist Philip Stephens of Kansas City, Missouri reads. His new book Miss Me When I’m Gone involves a failed folksinger and a murderess. The readings are open to all through Wednesday.

Learn about the impact Interstate 69 will have on Hopkins County at a Chamber Hot Topic/After Hours tomorrow from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hopkins County Fairgrounds-Ballard Convention Center in Madisonville. Hear from the Transportation Cabinet, Hoosier Voices for I-69, the Evansville Chamber, and the C-Link Board of Directors.

Learn more at wkms.org. Thanks.

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