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Her great-grandmother Mattie was born into slavery, but she was freed as a slave before moving to Canada.
According to Murray, his grandfather realized his children would not have a chance to succeed if the family stayed in Oklahoma.Williams, who was born in North Battleford, said she recalls the people there to be very accepting of the family, so “they never made us feel like we were different” and later in college is when she became more aware of being a visible minority.She graduated from high school in North Battleford, and then she went to study marine biology at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.Murray showed a lot of pride in the accomplishments of his children.He said Rueben was excited to get into Washington State University where he played his college football before being drafted by the Saints.Williams said she was more aware of her ancestors’ struggles from living in Oklahoma to farming in Saskatchewan because “I was one of the older kids in the family, so I knew (more) about the history.” It was explained by Williams that the history of her family’s hardships had an impact on her, but it was not her main sense of motivation in life.
She, along with her father, gave credit to their faith as motivation, but the family’s success could also be attributed to being in Canada.
Williams and Mayes’ ancestors first settled in the Maidstone area in 1910.
Photo by Kenneth Brown Descendents of one of Saskatchewan’s first families of colour have made their home in Elrose, and they are as much a part of the fabric of the province as any residents.
I think down there, there are still racial problems where you are limited in what you can do.” Members of Williams’ family living in Canada are often asked where they are from, so they tell people the family immigrated to the country along with several immigrants from other countries.
The history of black settlers in Saskatchewan is not as well known as other settlers, so it is nice to share the history, she said.
When she discovered that most of her time would be spent working in a lab as a marine biologist, she decided to make the switch to the veterinary field because she wanted to be more hands on with animals. Williams moved to Elrose in 1996 with her husband Earl and they have raised three children, Spencer, Jocelyn and Reese, in the community.