African American Women Domestics: The Story of Two Kansans. Presented by Angela O. Bates
Growing up in rural Nicodemus, Kansas, in the large Williams family, Ernestine and Charlesetta learned basic cleaning and cooking skills from their mother and grandmother who had been enslaved in Kentucky by the family of Vice President Richard M. Johnson. When the sisters moved to California in the 1950s, their domestic and cooking skills provided many employment opportunities; they even cooked for such greats as Walt Disney and John Wayne. Eventually Ernestine opened her own restaurant in Pasadena before returning to Nicodemus in the 1970s to operate a barbecue restaurant.
Learn about the family legacy of domestic work through Ernestine's cookbook and Charlesetta's work scrapbook in this unique presentation.
Funded grant program of the Kansas Humanities Council. The Kansas Humanities Council is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.