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New edition of History Makers unveiled

Wed, 20 Mar 2013 17:16:06 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

The McLean County Museum of History is honoring a group of history makers who fostered institutions, built a richer community, and fought for civil rights and social justice. Museum Director Greg Koos says among this year's honorees as history makers is Ruth Waddell who staged a one woman sit in to integrate an industrial workplace in Bloomington in the 1960s.

"General Electric would hire african american men, but not african american women. Ruth had all the qualifications and tried to get in and they kept on kind of giving her the runaround. She essentially showed up in their employment office every day and said I will sit here until you give me a job."

Other history makers this year include Stevie and Roger Joslin, former Bloomington Mayor Judy Markowitz, and retired Pantagraph circulation director Woody Shadid. The Museum ceremony for the honorees will be at a June 13th banquet at ISU's Brown Ballroom.

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