McKenzie June


McKenzie June


Aretha Williams


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June McKenzie, a fifth-generation Mainer, was born in Portland, Maine, in 1929, one of twelve children. Her mother, Florence Eastman Williams, was a Portland native; her father, a truck driver, was a graduate of Tuskegee Institute. She graduated from Portland High School in 1947; she attended Northeastern Business College for one year, and took several classes at the American Institute of Banking while employed at People’s Heritage Bank, where she worked for twenty-two years. She married and had eight children, and at the time of this interview had two grandchildren. She is a longtime member of the NAACP in Portland, and an active member of Green Memorial AME Zion Church. She has been active in the civil rights movement in Maine, including organizing and participating in protests and marches.


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Portland, ME


Portland, Tuskegee College, Portland High School, Northeastern Business College, American Institute of Banking, People’s Heritage Bank, NAACP, African American experience in Maine, family traditions, Green Memorial AME Zion Church, Moses Sebunya, Reverend Margaret Lawson, Gerald Talbot, Neville Knowles, Martin Luther King Jr., PeaceAction Maine, civil rights movement

McKenzie June