Betty Reid Soskin
Rosie the Riveter World War II Homefront National Historical Park
At age 97, Betty Reid Soskin is the oldest serving ranger in the National Park Service. She was born in 1921 and was a 19-year-old when World War II broke out. Betty's story reminds us that the narrative for white and black workers in the war effort was quite different. Her people are Cajun, from south Louisiana, but she grew up in and around Richmond, California. Betty is also a singer and song-writer. Her jazz compositions from 50 years ago are hauntingly beautiful.