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Dr. Ruth Anderson First African American woman elected to the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors
Antioch Baptist Church The oldest and largest African American Church in Waterloo, Iowa
Randolph Dean Deacon at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Waterloo, Iowa
James Esters Retired Supervisor from Rath Packing Company in Waterloo, Iowa
Betty J. Furgerson First African American woman to serve as a member on the Waterloo School Board; first African American woman to serve as Executive Director of the Waterloo Human Rights Commission, and Member of the Iowa Board of Regents
Walter Gray Business Owner, Gray’s Barber Shop in Waterloo, Iowa
Elra Johnson
(Age 102) 1906-2008
Civil Rights Activist and politically active in Mississippi and Iowa
KBBG FM 88.1 Community Radio Station "Communicate to Educate" in Waterloo, Iowa
Russell Lowe
1922-2007
First African American man to teach at East High School, Member of Waterloo School Board, and Chair of Cattle Congress Board
Bennie Moore Retired from Rath Packing Company in Waterloo, Iowa
Vivert Norman Humanitarian and Harlem Globetrotter
Ruthie O’Neal Yard Decoration Artist in Waterloo, Iowa
Rachael Patterson Co-Founder of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Waterloo, Iowa
Olabelle Reed One of the first African American women teachers in the Waterloo School District
Millie Saffold Private Home Cleaner; husband worked at John Deere (Died from working in foundry) in Waterloo, Iowa
Dorothy Sallis
1925-2011
First African American woman Probation Officer in Waterloo, Iowa
Mary Spencer
1934-2009
Teacher, West Intermediate & Logan School in Waterloo, Iowa
Monroe Stevens Retired Union Officer from Rath Packing Company and Political Activist in Waterloo, Iowa
Anna Mae Weems Civil Rights Activist and first African American woman to be employed as Director of the Iowa Workforce Center
Willie Mae Wright First elected African American woman to serve on the Waterloo City Council

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July 20, 2011