Vennie Johnson Britt, 1983

In addition to raising ten children (five boys and five girls) Ms. Britt also did day work for other families. "Washing, cooking, and housecleaning." "They didn't always pay in money. Sometimes they would give you clothes for your family." She didn't have the education to pursue any other occupation, but was deeply involved with the Mt. Olive Baptist Church and was well-known in the community. 89 years old in 1983, with five generations of her family living in Champaign, she was most proud of " my children, my home, and my church."

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