Katherine Dawkins was born in 1932 in the Black Bottom neighborhood in Detroit. She had two children as a teenager, and recalls how that impacted her relationships with friends and family. She married her second husband, James Dawkins, in 1963. She has held various jobs, including switchboard operator at the Gotham Hotel and customer service representative at Harper Recreation Bowling Alley and Henry Ford Hospital. Late in life, Dawkins was inspired to return to school and she received her GED at age 79.
Katherine Dawkins was interviewed in partnership with the Museum of African American History of Detroit and Y Arts Detroit in 2010 as part of the Legacies Project.
Ann Arbor News, November 1, 1947
Formal opening of this new $50,000 sales and service center at 314 S. Fourth Ave. has been announced by Charles E. Manausa, Packard motor-car dealer, for next Wednesday. Advanced design of the new structure features radiant floor-heating through its 6,600 square feet of floor space, including quarters to be used by servicemen and mechanics. Two 1948 model Packard automobiles are on display in the showrooms of the new building.