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Bertha Pleasant Williams ~ Librarian

Alabama's first African American librarian dies

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Bertha Pleasant Williams was a pioneering Alabamian, becoming the first African American in state history to become a librarian.

Ms. Williams died Monday. She was 85-years-old.

Willams was also a long-time educator and Civil Rights activist.

She was the first librarian in the state with a masters degree in library science, and went on to open the first library for blacks in Montgomery in 1948.

She was honored for her achievements as an unsung hero in 2005 at the 50th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott for her participation as a founding memeber of the Womens Political Council.

Ms. Williams is survived by her son, Richard Williams, and other family members.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11am on Saturday 29 November at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Church.

Montgomery Advertiser

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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