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RICHMOND — Betty Reid Soskin, the nation’s oldest park ranger, is back at work at Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond.
Reid Soskin, 98, suffered a stroke in September, and is now back at the park on Wednesdays between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Soskin cheered hundreds of people on Facebook Tuesday with the news that she was “back at work” at the Rosie the Riveter museum after her stroke five months ago.
Soskin is well-known for her popular, engaging talks on Richmond’s history, race and social change at the Rosie the Riveter museum, where she spoke about her own experience as a young black woman working at a segregated union hall in Richmond.
She’s received a number of accolades in her career, including a presidential coin from President Barack Obama at the 2015 National Tree Lighting Ceremony. She also was named among Glamour Magazine’s 2018 Women of the Year.
Soskin is the acclaimed author of “Sign My Name To Freedom,” a memoir that includes her varied experiences as a singer, civil rights activist, legislative representative, mother and as one of the chief planners of the Rosie the Riveter museum.
“I would suggest that anyone continue to do what they love doing as long as they can. That’s what gives life it’s meaning,” Soskin said.