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Pat Hume to be honoured in "Herstory" celebration of women

Pat Hume is to be honoured along with other Derry women for her role in helping to shape history.
Seamus McKinney

AN image of Pat Hume is to be projected onto Derry's Tower Museum to celebrate her role as someone who helped shape history.

Images of other women, including actress Bronagh Gallagher and Strabane astronomer Annie Maunder, will also feature on the city centre building on the evenings of January 31 and February 1. The project is part of the “Herstory 2020 Festival” which is running throughout Ireland this year.

Mrs Hume, who was often seen by the side of her husband, former SDLP leader John Hume, while he was politically active, was also a key figure in the civil rights movement.

In 2018, she was described as a “source of heart and hope” during the Troubles when she was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award by the Irish Red Cross.

“Herstory” celebrates women who helped rewrite the future and focuses on “heroines” from the 1800s until the present day.

US aviator Amelia Earhart will also feature in the tribute. Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic in 1932. She completed the journey by landing her plane on farmland on the northern outskirts of Derry.

A spokeswoman for the Tower Museum described the project as a "festival of light" in celebrating local heroines.

“We have selected ladies who span history from the 1800s to the present day, lighting the tower (museum) with the illuminations in order to celebrate the work of some of our strongest heroines,” she said.

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