Rosie L. Williams

During her lifetime, Mrs. Williams "worked in everything, worked night and day. I worked in the laundry for civil service for 21 years and 7 months." She also worked as a domestic. "I worked hard for nothing." She is a member of Salem Baptist Church and several organizations including Eastern Star, Daughters of the Sphinx, and Daughters of the Elks. Born in 1896 in Tiptonville, Tennessee, she came to Champaign in 1946 after her mother died. "I started out in the Ozark Mountains, then to St. Louis, then here." In the nearly forty years she has lived in north Champaign, she has seen "houses torn down" and the neighborhood dramatically changed.

Source: Raymond Bial's In All My Years: Portraits of Older Blacks In Champaign-Urbana, Champaign County Historical Museum, 1983.