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Williams, Pauline E. Lewis

(born: November 11, 1911  -  died: September 4, 2005) 

Pauline Lewis Williams, born in Trenton, KY, moved to Chicago in 1927 and later became the first African American woman to serve on the Evanston Plan Commission. Williams was also a member of the Urban League and president of the Woman's Auxiliary at the Community Hospital; she later became president of the board of directors at the hospital.

Williams was also president of the board of directors of the Evanston Historical Society and creator of the African American exhibits, "The Sick Can't Wait" and "Your Presence is Requested."
She was an active member of the YWCA, serving on the board, including as its president in 1978.

Pauline Williams was the widow of Melvin Williams  and the daughter of Gaither Lewis and Molly Smith Torain.

For more see J. Bourke, "Pauline Williams," Evanston Review, 9/8/2005, News section, p. 151; Pauline L. Williams in the "Obituary" section of the Chicago Sun-Times, 9/6-7/2005; and the Pauline L. Williams entry in the Evanston Women's History Project (online).

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