Beulah Mae (Jackson) Seabrooks was born in Marshallville, GA on October 9, 1920. Marshallville is a small town located in Macon County in middle Georgia. Her father died with she was only 9 years old. Her mother eventually remarried and she, along with her sister, were raised by her stepfather and mother in Macon, GA. As a young lady, Beulah worked with her sister at the local box manufacturer. One day, on her way home from work, she met a young man, Julius Caesar Seabrooks. Julius would frequently meet up with Beulah riding on a pair of roller skates. They fell in love and married in a small ceremony in the backyard of Julius’ parents’ home on December 11, 1937. Beulah and Julius had 5 children. She has 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
Over the last 100 years, Beulah has experienced a lot. She moved to Detroit, MI from Macon, GA during the Great Migration in the 1940s. She worked for many years at an automobile subsidiary company that made mirrors for cars. She retired from Mirrex in 1986 at the age of 66. She was president of the usher board at First Union Baptist Church in Detroit. In 1953, due to a tumor, she underwent major brain surgery and had a full recovery. In the late 1960s, during a time of civil unrest in the south and in parts of the north, she was a victim of a drive by shooting. While standing outside her cousin’s car spring shop talking to a worker, some young men drove by and randomly shot Beulah, lodging a bullet in her temple. Because of the location of the bullet, the doctors could not remove it. To this day she still has a bullet in her head and thankfully she suffered no impairments or brain damage. In 2020, she was diagnosed with COVID-19 and recovered. She has been through a great deal but she is a survivor and still lives with the “help of the Lord” (her favorite phrase) to celebrate her 100th birthday.
Beulah, the matriarch of her family, became an approved member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution on August 5, 2020. She is likely the oldest living African-American DAR member. She joins 6 other DAR African-American women from her family.
Biography provided by the family of Beulah Seabrooks.
Oral History Summary
Membership State: Illinois
DAR Patriot Ancestor(s)
Hart, Robert: Georgia
European Descent Male