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Anne Cooke (Romaine)

Died October 25, 1995

Southern Folklife Collection at the Louis Round Wilson Library

Biographical Note (Anne Romaine Papers)
Anne Romaine was a folksinger, songwriter, activist, and history professor. Born Dorothy Anne Cooke on 1 November 1942 in Atlanta, Ga., she grew up in rural North Carolina. Her grandparents worked in the Gastonia Cotton Mills, and Anne developed a lifelong interest in the lives of cotton mill workers. She attended Queen's College in Charlotte, N.C., and traveled as a missionary to Mexico. This missionary work opened her eyes to the social injustices that she would spend her life fighting. When she returned to the United States, Romaine enrolled in a graduate program in history at the University of Virginia, where she met and, in 1965, married Howard Romaine, who had participated in the Mississippi Democratic Freedom Party's attempt to register African American voters in rural Mississippi. For her master's thesis, Anne Romaine conducted interviews with many of those involved in this project. The couple later moved to Atlanta where they started the alternative newspaper, The Great Speckled Bird. Anne and Howard Romaine had a daughter named…


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