Betty Reid Soskin is, at 93, the oldest national park ranger in the United States. She came to the Bay Area in 1927 as a six-year old girl, and now works at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond. Soskin’s tours reflect her perspective as an African-American woman in the Bay Area during the war. She says the park is a place where, “America can revisit its past and move together to a more compassionate future.” We talked to Soskin as part of Forum’s First Person series profiling the leaders, innovators and others who make our region unique.
Rebroadcast: America's Oldest Park Ranger Brings History Alive at Richmond's Rosie the Riveter Park
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