Pauline L. Williams

Name: Pauline L. Williams (Lewis)
Birth Date: November 11, 1911
Birth Place: Trenton Kentucky, USA
Death Date: September 4, 2005
Death Location: Evanston Illinois, USA
Burial Place: Sunset Memorial Lawns, Northbrook, Illinois


Pauline Williams (1911-2005) was born in Trenton, Kentucky and came to Evanston as a teenager in 1927. Williams was a commmunity activist connected to many organizations in Evanston. She was a member of the Urban League, the Fleetwood Jourdain Art Guild and the Ladies Auxiliary of 7186 V.F.W. She served as President of the Community Hospital Woman’s Auxiliary in the 1960s and later as President of the Board of Directors. She was active in the YWCA, serving on the board for many years and as President of the Board in 1978. She was the first African-American woman to serve on the City of Evanston Plan Commission. At the Evanston Historical Society, she was a board member and helped curate several important exhibits about Evanston’s African-American history, including one about Community Hospital.

Father: Gaither Lewis
Mother: Molly Smith Tarain
Children: Three Step-Children: Billy, Debbie, Lori
Education: Evanston Township High School St Monica's Elemenary School Completed 2 years High School in Kentucky and Indianapolis
Years in Evanston: 1927-2005

Sources: Archives and Collections: Biographical Files. Evanston History Center. Newspapers: Pioneer Press 21 January 1993 Article Williams

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