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Born on a farm in North Carolina, Ms. Minnie Hargrow moved to Baltimore in the mid-1940s after her husband returned from serving in World War II. Shortly thereafter, in 1946,  she found work in the cafeteria at the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus. At the time, JHU's students were all white and all male. The work was often difficult. But "Ms. Minnie's" strong will, hard work, and generous spirit kept her going. After 34 years of working in the cafeteria, she got the promotion she had dreamt of: she went to work in the President's office.

Since 1981, "Ms. Minnie" has served five different university presidents. She remains one of the most long-standing employees at the university and one of the most invaluable staff members on the Homewood campus.



Ms. Minnie Hargrow

Ms. Minnie Hargrow

Over the years, "Ms. Minnie" has seen many changes at JHU. The university is no longer all male or all white. It has grown from having only three buildings, when she first arrived in 1946, to many. But one thing that has not changed is the central role she plays in the day-to-day workings of life on the Homewood campus. For visitors to the President's office, hers is often the first face they see. Her dedication remains an inspiration to students, faculty and staff alike.

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