Black Londoner whose life as a working‐class seamstress was documented in Aunt Esther's Story (1991), published by Hammersmith and Fulham's Ethnic Communities Oral History Project, and co‐authored with Stephen Bourne. Aunt Esther's Story provides a first‐hand account of Bruce's life as a black Briton in the pre‐Empire Windrush years. Her father, Joseph (1880–1941), arrived in London from British Guiana (now Guyana) in the early 1900s and settled in a tight‐knit working‐class community in Fulham. He worked as a builder's labourer. When Bruce was a young child, Joseph instilled in his daughter a sense of pride in being black. After leaving school, she worked as a seamstress, and in the 1930s she made dresses for the popular African‐American stage star Elisabeth Welch. She also befriended another black citizen of Fulham: the Jamaican nationalist Marcus Garvey She told Bourne he was a nice chap ...
Martin J. Manning
Parks, Lillian Rogers (01 February 1897–06 November 1997), White House seamstress and author, was born Lillian Adele Rogers, the daughter of Emmett E. Rogers, Sr., a waiter, and Margaret “Maggie” Williams Rogers. Source information is sketchy regarding her early years, but her godchild, Peggy Holly, believes that Lillian Parks was born in the District of Columbia and as a child spent summers with relatives in Virginia. Her father—by Parks's account an alcoholic unable to hold a job—left his family when she was a child; in 1909 her mother took a job at the White House at the beginning of William Howard Taft s presidency and often found it necessary to take her daughter along with her when she went to work A victim of polio at the age of six Parks used crutches for the rest of her life She attended St Ann s Catholic School ...
whose death at the hands of the police provoked protests and inspired artists, was born in Loíza, Puerto Rico, the seventh of seventeen children of Victoriano, a fisherman, and Martina. The family lived in Medianía Alta in the Tocones barrio. She married Agustín Carrasquillo Pinet, with whom she had seven children. After her father received a small plot of land in the Suarez sector from the governor of Puerto Rico, Roberto Sánchez Vilella, Villanueva Osorio stayed in the neighborhood of Tocones with her husband and children. They lived in the same space that her parents and siblings had lived in for decades, which was transferred to them in an agreement with the landowner, Veremundo Quiñones. When her birth family left, Villanueva Osorio stayed in the wooden house with her own family.
Quiñones s heirs called for the eviction of Villanueva Osorio from her lands ignoring previously made promises and filing ...