Living History at Your Library: Rose Leigh

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Date: Mar 10 2020, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Barr Memorial Library - 62 W Spearhead Division Ave Fort Knox 40121 Google Map

Rose Leigh was just a regular girl from Science Hill, Kentucky, when she arrived at the Willow Run Bomber Factory in Ypsilanti, Michigan, in 1942 to work as a riveter on B-24 bombers during World War II. Although she arrived with personal obstacles that included single motherhood, Rose found her way around the plant, found her ambitions, and found temporary stardom when she met Walter Pidgeon and appeared on the big screen as "Rosie the Riveter." Fame was never Rose's aspiration. Her real dream — to fly airplanes — was sidetracked as Rose continued to work after the war, in a society where women were being urged to return to housework. Rose finally earned her pilot's wings in the early 1970s, but her solo flying career sadly ended a few years later when a plane crash damaged her left eye and kidney. Her film portrayal as Rosie the Riveter has inspired many, but she was just one of the many women who faithfully served her country.