Myrtle C. Williams

1900- 15 Jun 1965 (?)

Grew up in Newark on Chestnut St. First “colored girl” to finish a 4 year commercial course in 1919 when she graduated East Side High. Played a piano solo at the graduation. Entered Columbia University.

Orchestra conductor and businesswoman. She performed at various events. In 1921 appointed stenographer for the Mayor’s Department. In 1938, stenographer in business manager’s office. She worked at 31 Green Street and lived at 56 Miller through 1951. No occupation is listed in 1957.

Newark News Jan 30, 1919


Cogdell, Josephine. “Those Inimitable Avatars the Negroes and Jews” The Messenger 1925

“Newark NJ” New York Age Feb 15, 1919

Further mentions in New York Age

“Social Progress” The Crisis Feb 1921

City directories

“East Side High School Commencement is Held Here” Newark News Jan 30, 1919