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Anna Christian

actress, activist, and organizer, was born Frances Elizabeth Jones in East Orange, New Jersey, the youngest of three children of William Henry Jones, who drove a delivery wagon for a grocery store, and Elizabeth (Nelson) Jones, a laundress. In 1907 the Jones family moved from New Jersey to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Shortly after arriving there, her father died. A year later Elizabeth Jones remarried Ben Williams, and the family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where Williams worked as footman for a department store.

When she was only five years old Williams got her first job babysitting In junior high she worked weekends with her mother catering While in high school she was employed at Sherbundy s an exclusive restaurant on Euclid Avenue making enough money to help out the family At Saint Andrews the family church Williams was a member of the choir Sunday school superintendent ...