The Katy Depot will host the fourth 'First Friday' event of the season on August 4.

This Friday will feature guest speaker, Dr. Gladys Caines-Coggswell.

According to a press release from the Katy Depot, Caines-Coggswell will be portraying Adeline, a slave in Savannah, Missouri who was present to hear Abraham Lincoln debate political opponent Stephen Douglas in 1858.

The press release says that Caines-Coggwell has been named a 'Master Storyteller' by the Missouri Folk Arts Program, and has been honored with a host of other awards, including an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Her book, Stories from the Heart: Missouri’s African American Heritage received the Missouri Humanities Council’s Outstanding Achievement in Literacy award in 2010.

Refreshments for the event will be served at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation at 6:00. 'First Friday' events are open to the public, but seating is limited and reservations are required by Thursday, August 3.

A $5 suggested donation will be taken at the door. Reservations can be made by calling 826-2932.

Randy Kirby