Evelyn Jane Peterson Edwards (1927-2010)
A 1946 graduate of Washington High School, Evelyn Jane Peterson Edwards worked as a secretary for the Massillon Urban League, and was the first African American woman to work in the title department in the Stark County Court House, as well as the first African American secretary at Jones Junior High and Washington High School.
Edwards went on to work for Congressman Ralph Regula's office, and for the IRS department in California before returning to Massillon. She was a lifelong member of Friendship Baptist Church and sang in the choir. From 1990-1996 Evelyn Edwards served on the Massillon Museum board of directors. Thank you for your service, Evelyn, and being part of the MassMu story.
Photo of Evelyn Edwards 1979, courtesy of Mary Ann Murray. Newsletter page from 1990 Massillon Museum.