Sep 24, 2016
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Betty Reid Soskin, a Richmond resident and national icon who is the nation’s oldest full-time National Park Service ranger, did exactly what she wanted to do for her birthday: Go to work.

But it wasn’t a usual day at the office — on Thursday, Soskin was in Washington D.C. to slice a birthday cake with the Secretary of Interior and also to tour the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, according to NBC News.

Soskin also met with students there to share her experiences on the WWII homefront in Richmond, when she worked as a clerk for the all-black Boilermakers A-36, as well as subsequent civil rights battles. That’s just another day at work for Soskin, who leads tours at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, which she helped establish more than a decade ago.

Check out the full NBC News report here.


  1. God bless you Betty Reid Soskin.
    Happy Birthday!

    Richmond Resident | Sep 24th, 2016

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