DID YOU know?
Married to a well-to-do
Dutch man, Parsons was sentenced to death in 1941 for hiding Allied airman in their house near Amsterdam. She spent the rest of the war in forced labour camps in Nazi Germany, and then escaped by walking to the border of the Netherlands.
She was the only Canadian female civilian to be imprisoned by the Nazis and her bravery was unrecognized until Andria Hill Lehr wrote a play and a book about her exploits. Her wartime heroism was later documented by a Heritage Minute and in a History TV documentary. Parsons was born in Middleton and died in Wolfville in 1976.
The Women of Wolfville took up the need for a commemoration and were joined by the Wolfville Historical Society. The provincial government and the Town of Wolfville were the lead contributors to the campaign, which was also supported by individual donors. A Canadian Heritage Legacy Fund grant and a significant donation from former Annapolis Valley resident Dr. Allen Eaves helped bring the fundraising campaign to a close.