1928 – A Childhood Too Rough For Words
She was born Marguerite Annie Johnson in St. Louis, Mo. A hard childhood there and in Stamps, Ark. included the divorce of her parents, and her own rape at age 7, after which she did not speak for several years. But her spirit wasn’t broken, and by age 16 in San Francisco, she had already broken a barrier by becoming the city’s first black streetcar conductor.