Miriam Matthews

 

 

Age: 97

 

Summary: the first black librarian in the state of California who became an export on preserving and describing black history, and who in 1929 began the effort to promote Negro History Week, which evolved into today's Black History Month.

 

 

Cause of Death: Natural causes

 

Born: August 6, 1905

 

Died: June 23, 2003

 

Location: Mercer Island, Washington