The personal papers of Alice Martin, a civic-minded African-American woman known for her charitable nature and community service,
consists primarily of correspondence, employment and war records, photographs, and realia. Donated by the estate of Alice
Martin in 2004.
Martin dedicated her time to her church, affordable housing consortiums, and community services for the economically disadvantaged
and elderly in the county of San Luis Obispo. She was among the black family members who came to the area in the early 1940s
as their husbands or other relatives were stationed at Camp San Luis Obispo, a training base for the U. S. Army.
Alice Mae Martin, an African American and native of Illinois, came to San Luis Obispo, California, in 1942 with her then husband
Clarence F. Martin while he was stationed at Camp San Luis Obispo. Following his deployment she moved back to her home base
in Montana. She returned to live in San Luis Obispo permanently in 1969.
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