Museum Honors African-American Woman of the Year

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- She’s me many influential people and lived through some of our country’s most crucial moments and today she’s being honored by the Ethnic Heritage Museum for what she has done for the needy.

Beatrice Taylor is being honored as the African-American Woman of the Year today. She’s called Rockford home since the 1940’s. She’s met a lot of famous people in her life including Oprah and President Barack Obama. Mayor Morrissey stopped by to thank her for all her work helping people in need at today’s ceremony.

She’s also celebrating a big birthday this week. Beatrice turns 108-years-old on Friday.

David Ruffin coordinates the museum’s African-American exhibit and says Beatrice represents her heritage well because of her life-long selflessness.

"She's got a big heart and a loving spirit,” said Ruffin. “To donate you're time, your energy, your see that people that are less fortunate that you have some of those same opportunities says a lot about your character."

The museum has spent part of March and April celebrating six women in honor of Women’s History Month. Each honoree represents ethnicities the museum says were prominent in finding the City of Rockford. The heritages being celebrated are Italian, Irish, Polish, Lithuanian, Hispanic, and African-American.

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