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Rosemarion Alexander Blake was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1923 to Jewel Alexander Price and Jacob Price. She was brought to Ann Arbor between two to four years of age by her great Aunt Hattie and Uncle Robert Alexander. Rosemarion attended Jones School Kindergarten through 9th grade and graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1941. She held a number of jobs after graduating and in 1945 became the first African-American woman to work in city Hall in a non-custodial position. A number of years later, she worked in Publication Sales at the Institute for Social Research from 1970 until her retirement in 1987.
Ann Arbor News, February 5, 1940
University and city leaders are uniting in the worthwhile project of raising funds for the aid of Finnish war refugees. Immediate efforts are furthering plans for a benefit concert Feb. 27. Mrs. A. C. Furstenberg, seated at the right, is chairman of the ticket committee, while seated at the left is Mrs. Cora Holland, secretary of the general committee. Standing, left toright are: Prof. William D. Revelli, conductor of the University bands, Dr. Alexander G. Ruthven, president of the University, Mayor Walter C. Sadler, Prof. David Mattern, conductor of the University men's glee club, and Rudolph E. Reichert, charman of the Finnish Relief Fund locally.