In June 2003, Winifred S. “Winnie” Foster donated a collection of clippings, photographs, and archival materials that document her involvement in local civil liberties activities and the development of commercial activities at the Central Plaza Shopping Center. Born in 1927, Winnie grew up in a Quaker home environment. She and other farm girls in rural Ohio often made clothes from feed sacks. As she came of age, she embraced the Quaker tradition of pacifism and commitment for equality. She and her husband, also a Quaker, moved to Rhode Island and supported liberal causes. Like many of her generation, she was deeply affected by the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and brought her commitment to civil rights and social justice to St. Petersburg when she moved to the area with her husband in 1969. Winnie immediately became involved with the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg area, civil rights issues, and the local Unitarian church. She soon organized People for Peace as a local antiwar organization that hoped to end American involvement in the Vietnamese conflict. She rose through the ranks of the local and state chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union, ultimately serving as president of the state board.
Nelson Poynter Memorial Library. Special Collections and University Archives.; Schnur, James Anthony; Foster, Winifred S.; and Johnston, Christopher, "Winifred S. "Winnie" Foster Research Collection : A Collection Guide" (2005). Special Collections and University Archives Finding Aids: All Items. 12.
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