Photos by Eric Stauffer, Dark Horse Art Works
A local civil rights activist is alive and well. Josephine Marley Beckwith celebrated her 100th birthday at the Unity Fellowship Church in Godfrey. Surrounded by family and friends, she enjoyed praises, congratulations and a special presentation from the entire congregation. “Now I have a lot of relaxing to do,” Beckwith says. From babysitting Miles Davis to being the first black employee of Olin-Mathieson Co. to starting kindergarten for black children, Josephine is an example of living history. Even though Beckwith has lived in East St. Louis, she says “my heart has always been in Alton.” For a complete story of Beckwith’s life, go to http://eugenebaldwin.com/josephine-marley-beckwith/.