Apple TV+ Manhunt: Who was Mary Simms? Was Mary Simms a Real Slave?

Apple TV+ has been enticing viewers with its exciting shows, and “Manhunt” is no different. It’s based on James L. Swanson‘s book “Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer,” and it shows what happened after President Abraham Lincoln was killed. While John Wilkes Booth is being closely watched, viewers are introduced to Mary Simms, a lesser-known but very important person, who is played by the very talented Lovie Simone. This historical story is more interesting and human because of Mary Simms’ character. She shows how complicated the period and the people involved were.

Was Mary Simms a Real Slave in Apple TV+ Manhunt?

Yes, Mary Simms was a real person who lived during the troubled time after Lincoln was killed. In “Manhunt,” Mary is shown to have been a slave to Dr. Samuel Mudd, the doctor who fixed Booth’s broken leg after he escaped. Some parts of Mary’s story are made up for dramatic effect in the show, but her place in history is important.

Mary Simms’ real-life story shows how strong and brave she was. She was born into slavery in Maryland, most likely in the 1830s or 1840s. Dr. Samuel Mudd, a doctor who lived in Charles County, Maryland, owned her as a slave. Before and after John Wilkes Booth killed President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 1865, Mudd was known for helping Booth.

Booth left the scene of the crime after shooting Lincoln and finally made it to Dr. Mudd’s house to get help for a broken leg. Mary Simms was one of the slaves who lived on Dr. Mudd’s land, and she probably helped take care of Booth while he was staying at the Mudd farm. Later, Simms gave evidence against Dr. Mudd when he was on trial for helping to kill President Lincoln.

During the trial, Mary Simms’s words were used to show that Dr. Mudd helped Booth get away. Dr. Mudd was found guilty of conspiracy and given a life term, but President Andrew Johnson released him from prison in 1869.

The story of Mary Simms’s life shows how complicated and often sad slavery was in the United States. She played a big part in the events leading up to Lincoln’s death, which shows how slaves were affected by and involved in major historical events.

The part that Lovie Simone plays Mary Simms in “Manhunt” is both moving and strong. Simone spent a lot of time learning about Mary’s life in order to give her character more humanity and meaning while she was practicing for the part. Simone’s performance brings Mary Simms’ story to life in a powerful way by showing how hard things were for African Americans during this troubled time in history and how strong they were.

Finally, “Manhunt” on Apple TV+ isn’t just a repeat of historical events; it’s also an interesting look at what it’s like to be human during a very unstable time. Lovie Simone plays the part of Mary Simms with grace and depth, giving viewers a look into the lives of people who were very important in shaping history but whose stories have never been shared. As the series goes on, Mary Simms shows how strong and determined people could be when they pushed for freedom and justice, even when things got hard.

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Olivia Wilson is the senior news writer for TV Acute. She spends too much money on collectables and is enamored with movies, comics, and television series. She loves binge-watching and can spend hours talking about movies and TV shows. She can immerse herself into a good story no matter the genre or form and only come out from it when she's had her fill. When she's not writing, she's probably cooking or exploring new places. You can follow her daily exploits on Twitter and Facebook.

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