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Joan Wilson is a native of the Island of Jamaica and grew up in the borough of Brooklyn, New

York. She began her career with the National Park Service as an Interpretive Park Ranger in

1985 in upper Manhattan at General Grant National Memorial (Grant’s Tomb). Ms. Wilson has

worked at several Manhattan parks including Federal Hall National Memorial, Theodore

Roosevelt National Historic Site, Hamilton Grange National Memorial and St Pauls’ Church

National Historic Site in New Rochelle, New York. As an interpretive park ranger, she has

researched aspects of American history pertaining to Colonial New York, the Revolutionary War,

the Civil War, and presently the 1954 Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Board of Education.

Ranger Joan transferred to Topeka, Kansas in September of 2006 as a lead interpretive park

ranger at Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site. As an Interpretive ranger Joan

was able to develop and implement historical programs for all audiences particularly the

underserved communities in Topeka, and the surrounding areas. As a collaborator with Marla

Quilts Inc, she developed hands-on historical programs that were immersive in focusing on

Kansas history including the broader African American experience. Joan had recently relocated

to Baltimore, Maryland as of October 2022. She is a semi-retired Affiliate Partner with Brown v.

Board of Education National Historical Park, where she continues to develop historical

programs and educational outreach. As a mother of three grown sons, Joan proudly boasts that

she will soon become an official empty nester and looks forward to the next chapter of her

exciting journey.